Every amazing trip deserves to be remembered with a keepsake. Maybe it's a typical t-shirt or key chain, or a one-of-kind handcrafted piece that sits on your coffee table. It's always thoughtful to bring back gifts for the meaningful people in your life. Or to thank the neighbour for watering your plants while you were away. Whatever your reason, you'll be impressed with the specialty shops in Algoma Country.
Here are unique gifts and where to buy them in Algoma.
The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre Wings N' Airplane Things Gift Shop is the perfect place to shop for the aviation buff, young or old, who loves bush planes. The exclusive merchandise includes aviation-themed clothing like t-shirts and sweatshirts, hats, mugs, games, toys and more.
Shop: in person at the gift shop or online
Location: Sault Ste. Marie
This is the ultimate place for Winnie-the-Pooh fans! After taking your picture with Winnie's statue at the memorial park in White River, the Heritage Museum and Gift Shop is your next stop. The shop sells Winnie-the-Pooh products such as mugs, plush Winnie characters, Royal Doulton figurines and many items from the "Where it all Began" line.
Location: White River
There are a large number of maple syrup producers in Algoma Country. Did you know that St. Joseph Island has the largest center of maple syrup producers in all of Ontario? Mountain Maple Products has been in business for 50 years producing fresh maple syrup. Their product line has grown to include maple candies and maple butter, BBQ sauce, and beef jerky infused with maple syrup.
Shop: All in-person locations or online
Location: St. Joseph Island
Exclusive to River Rock Gifts North at the Voyageurs' Lodge on Hwy 17 North of Sault Ste. Marie, find a wide variety of sweatshirts, buffalo plaid checked shirts, socks, tees, ball caps, and even jewellery. Clothing can be found in adult and toddler sizes. A great gift for yourself to remember your amazing adventures on Lake Superior!
Shop: in-person or online
Location: Batchawana Bay
Step back in time to the days of an old-fashioned general store, carrying everything from clothing apparel, fishing tackle, fuel, old-fashioned bulk food -- the best pickle barrel and summer sausage ever -- and even scoop ice cream. Young's General Store is a great place to visit to buy a pickle (or several) and other clothing, home decor and outdoor equipment, too!
Shop: in person
Find the iconic signature 6-point (or multi-stripe) blankets, apparel and more at The Post Gift Shop located inside the Heritage Discovery Centre at the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site. You'll also find many locally made products from artists and artisans like soaps, jewellery, wild blueberry products, a children's section for games and toys, home decor, and Canada-themed gifts and souvenirs.
Location: Sault Ste. Marie
HANDMADE, LOCAL INDIGENOUS art
The Serpent River Trading Post is a stunning log building located on Trans Canada Highway 17 and houses a beautiful collection. Paintings and prints, moccasins, beaded mittens, jewellery, and apparel, are all made by local crafters and artists from the area. Visitors should also visit the Art Gallery which is one of the largest collections in Northern Ontario of Woodland and Native art, and much more.
Shop: In-person or online
Location: Serpent River First Nation
Mark these shops as part of your driving tour itinerary in Algoma Country during the summer months or a trip to see the fall colours.