Amazing Outdoor Experiences Just Minutes Away

Great Blue Heron are common near the shores of wetlands and open water.

Whitefish Island is a rich cultural site in downtown Sault Ste. Marie



A very rich cultural island teaming with history, flora and fauna lies within Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario just below the International Bridge with the St. Marys rapids flowing through it. This island is Whitefish Island that is a short walk across the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Locks. It is a historical site and was formed more than 2,000 years ago and it was an Aboriginal settlement. Trading was done on the island and was a major source of food due to the abundance of fish. In 1997, the island was returned to the Batchawana Band who maintain the island today.


(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)
WhitefishIsland settlement(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)

The Attikamek & Whitefish Island Trails are a wonderful area to explore. At the crossing to the island, you cross and large bridge that leads to the Batchewana Band's sign welcoming you to the island. As you explore the island, you walk along well kept trails and will even pass the frames of a wigwam and tepee. For more history of the 22 acre Island, Active History is a wonderful article about the island.

Whitefish Island is well used for hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, jogging, family outings and many Aboriginal Ceremonies one being their fireworks each year.

(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)
WhitefishIsland 15(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)
WhitefishIsland ssm fireworks(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)

The island is rich with migratory birds, water foul, fox, beaver, muskrat, fish, reptiles, eagles, owls, herons, and osprey.

WhitefishIsland fox(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)
WhitefishIsland beaver(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)
WhitefishIsland owl(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)
WhitefishIsland canadagoose(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)

If fishing is what you want to do, Whitefish Island falls into the Ministry's Zone 10 regulations. Many photographers, and bird watchers, are often spotted on Whitefish Island and every season brings new flora and fauna to observe.

WhitefishIsland flyfishing(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)
WhitefishIsland bird(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)
WhitefishIsland bird3(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)
WhitefishIsland bird2(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)

Come to Whitefish Island and take in the beauty of the island, learn the rich cultural history, smell the fresh blooming flowers, and listen to the calming waters running in the rapids, watch the animals in their habitats and feed the birds but take nothing from the island except an amazing outdoor experience.

WhitefishIsland birdwithcatch(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)
WhitefishIsland squirrel(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)
WhitefishIsland feedingbirds(Photo credit: Sheri Minardi Photography)

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