We’re getting closer and closer to Christmas so with this comes decorations, gingerbread, hot cider and of course classic Christmas carols. To help put you in the mood, below is Algoma Tourism Staff's version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” entitled “Twelve Days of Algoma.” Feel free to sing along with a tune!
1. One Wawa Goose
The famous Wawa Goose Monument stands at the junction of Trans Canada Highway 17 and Highway 101. Since the early 1960s, the Goose has welcomed thousands of visitors each year to the town of Wawa. The brainchild of Mr. Al Turcott, the statue was built to bring visitors to the community after the completion of the highway bypassed the town’s downtown. Make sure to take a gander at our Goose on your next road trip!
Recommended Routes: Grand Algoma, Algoma North, Ride Lake Superior
2. Two 12-Sided Barns
There are only three 12-sided barns in all of Canada, two of which are located in Algoma. The first barn was built in Quebec in 1881. The second barn, the Cordukes/Weber Barn, was built in 1919 in Sowerby. The barn was restored and hosts a farmers’ market during the summer months and can be rented for events and weddings. The third barn was built in 1928 by Mr. Alexander Campbell and today is The Round Barn and Gift Shop.
Recommended Reads: Plan Your Wedding in Algoma, Farmers Markets in Algoma
3. Three Bears Statue
You’ll find this statue located in the northern town of Hornepayne. The town and area is surrounded by vast wilderness and home to excellent fishing and hunting. Lodges offer American Plan and Housekeeping cottages and outposts. Nearby Nagagamisis Provincial Park offers camping, fishing, swimming, paddling, hiking and wildlife viewing. In winter, it’s a playground for snowmobilers, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
Recommended Activities: Fishing and Hunting, Snowmobiling
Recommended Route: Algoma North Tour
4. Four Paddlers Paddling
Lake Superior, Lake Huron, warm inland lakes and rivers. All bodies of water that offer excellent paddling for kayaking, canoeing, or stand up paddling. Day trips, overnight trips and week-long wilderness adventure packages are available that include guides, fully outfitted and even have wilderness chefs.
Outfitters: MHO Adventures and Naturally Superior Adventures
5. Five Touring Routes
Low traffic, twisty roads and curves to lean your motorcycle into. Sheer towering rock cliffs, breathtaking scenery, cool leg stretch stops, friendly people who’ll share their stories, tasty places to eat and comfy places to lay your head down at night. All of this and more is waiting on our 5 touring routes: Grand Algoma, Island North Tour, Algoma North Tour, Deer Trail Tour and Ride Lake Superior.
6. Six Cyclists Cycling
Algoma has one of the best kept cycling secrets in Ontario: St. Joseph Island. Tree lined country roads, rolling farmland and beautiful views of the North Channel of Lake Huron. Local attractions, festivals and events, friendly people and a variety of places to stay and eat. The Island is super easy to get too from the toll-free bridge. Looking for mainland cycling? The new Lake Huron North Channel Waterfront Trail that from connects Sudbury to Sault Ste. Marie by bicycle.
Recommended Read: A Guide to Cycling St. Joseph Island
7. Seven Painters Painting
Seven men captured their moment in Algoma. Isn’t time to capture yours? Members of Canada’s Group of Seven came to Algoma seeking solitude and place to heal from pivotal moments in their lives. They found peace, tranquility and landscapes that are truly Canadian. Throughout our region you’ll find 16 interpretive panels that tell their story of painting here; some of are actual painting sites, some are complimentary to the Group’s experiences here.
Learn more: www.momentsofalgoma.ca
Recommended Reads: 6 ways to experience the Group of Seven in Algoma, 10 Interesting Facts About the Group of Seven
8. Eight Shoppers Shopping
Haven’t quite finished your shopping yet? There’s still plenty of time! There are many great places to shop in the region’s cities & towns.
Year Round Shopping: Station Mall, The Post Gift Shop, Joe’s Sports & Surplus, Misty Mountain Fly Shop, River Rock Gifts
Summer Shopping: Agawa Crafts & the Canadian Carver, The Trading Post at Voyageurs’ Lodge & Cookhouse, Young's General Store
9. Nine Hikers Hiking
You can hike anywhere in Algoma! Every city and town has hikes within its limits or close by and every provincial park has hiking trails. From easy nature walks to moderate hikes to challenging backcountry treks, we have it all for any type of hiker of any age.
Learn more: www.algomatourism.com
Recommended Read: 5 Incredible Hikes in Algoma
10. Ten Skiers Skiing
With an annual snowfall of 10 feet, it’s easy to see why there’s plenty of downhill skiing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing throughout the region. For downhill skiiers, Searchmont Resort’s 750-foot vertical and 18 runs offers thrills! Mount Dufour in Elliot Lake offers a 320-foot vertical and 7 trail systems. There are many cross country ski trails including Hiawatha Highlands which also offers great snowshoeing!
Learn more: Complete List of Ski and Snowshoe Trails in Algoma
11. Eleven anglers Fishing
Some of the best fishing retreats in Northern Ontario are found in Algoma Country. Fly-in, drive-in, train-in, charter fishing, guide services and remote outpost fishing, we’ve got you covered. Fish for northern pike, walleye, muskie, smallmouth bass, brook trout, muskie, salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Don’t forget ice fishing, a truly Canadian winter experience! This is a great way to make memories with family and friends. Looking for a little competition? Enter in one of the many annual Ice Fishing Derbies offered throughout the season. They will not disappoint.
Learn more: www.fishalgoma.net
12. Twelve Sledders Sledding
Over 2,000 km of open groomed trail, check. A playground for powder hounds, check. Sled rentals, check. Sled-friendly places to eat and stay, check. No matter the kind of rider you are, Algoma has what you’re looking for.
North Shore Loop: perfect for weekend warriors looking for an awesome riding and close to amenities. A side loop on St. Joseph Island connects to the Ice Bridge from Drummond Island, USA.
Half Way There: this 2 to 5-day sled trip on our northern trails that offer some of our best snowmobiling. To you have what it takes to go all the way? The trip from Sault Ste. Marie to Hearst is for big milers!
Top Secret Boondocking: is exactly what it sounds like. What we can tell you is that it’s the best backcountry sledding in the Great Lakes region.
Learn more: www.sledalgoma.com