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Explore Sault Ste. Marie and Lake Superior Provincial Park
Sault Ste. Marie is an Adventure-seeker’s mecca. Experience the immensity of Lake Superior, the world’s largest fresh-water lake atop towering cliffs, observe pristine Boreal forest, travel time to learn the history of indigenous peoples, satisfy your inner foodie with local cuisine and remember what it’s like to be genuinely welcomed.
Even if you only have a few days, there is so much to see and explore in Sault Ste. Marie. This is the Inn Staff’s suggested 3-day adventure.
Day 1 – Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront and History:
- Begin your day with a hearty breakfast…you’ll need the energy!
- Navigate the St. Mary’s River on a Canoes for Conservation excursion in a voyageur-style canoe. You’ll paddle from the historic Sault Canal National Historic Site to the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, while discovering the history, ecology and geology of the area.
- Lunch downtown – if you’re here on a Saturday, explore and dine at the Mill Markt. Or sit down at one of these other tasty options:
- Queen’s Tarts – A Mill Markt staple turned cute café, you’ll enjoy delicious homemade soups, sandwiches and quiche…and of course, buttertarts (over 25 flavours)!
- Fluid – the Delta hotel’s waterfront patio is a great space to enjoy some sunshine, and their food is pretty top-knotch too.
- Vibe – this vegan eatery is a plant-based-food-lovers haven. Even die-hard meat-eaters can find something tasty and satisfying in this cute little cafe.
- Outspoken Brewing Co. – This local brewery is putting out a variety of tasty ales and you can grab a bite courtesy of neighbouring cafe, Shabby Motley.
- Ernie’s Coffee Shop – an icon in the Sault downtown, Ernie’s serves home-cooked food at great prices. You’ll feel right at home.
- Spend a few hours learning about Sault Ste. Marie’s history at the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site or explore hands-on wildfire fighting and flight in the North at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.
- Complete your afternoon with a Group of Seven tour at the Art Gallery of Algoma. See original Group of Seven paintings, learn how Algoma inspired these iconic Canadian artists and be guided through painting your own Group of Seven creation.
- Return to the Inn for dinner and some live music in the Water Tower Pub (Wednesday to Saturday).
Day 2 – Hiking, History and Views in Lake Superior Provincial Park
- Get a grab n’ go breakfast from the Starbucks Café so you can get on the road early. You have about a 1.5 hour drive along the most incredible coastline with breathtaking vistas overlooking Lake Superior.
- Hike the Orphan Lake Trail in Lake Superior Provincial Park – a moderate-level trail, you’ll see cliffs, waterfalls and spectacular lookouts. The pebble beach at the mid-way point is a great spot for a picnic (enjoy a box lunch from the Inn!) and a swim (if you’re brave enough to enter the cool waters of Lake Superior). If you are up for a slightly more challenging trail, the Awausee Trail is highly recommended.
- Drive back towards Sault Ste. Marie to the Agawa Pictographs (about 20 km). There is a short trail to see these paintings made by First Nations 150-400 years ago. The adjacent interpretive centre is well worth a visit.
- Stop at The Trading Post for a well-deserved ice cream cone and some souvenir shopping as you return to the Sault.
- For dinner, enjoy local Whitefish with Mango Salsa in Casey’s Grill.Bar.
Day 3 – Pedal, Italian, Road Trip!
- Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Inn before you go!
- Grab your bikes or rent from Velorution and head to Hiawatha Highlands for some exciting time on the mountain bike trails. If you’re really up for a burn, bike directly from the Inn up Old Garden River Rd. to Hiawatha. After your time on the trail, take a short walk to view Crystal Falls.
- If Mountain biking isn’t your style, explore the Hub Trail and then head to the Waterfront Adventure Centre for some stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking on the St. Mary’s River.
- Lunch at one of the Sault’s famous Italian restaurants and experience the heritage – Giovanni’s, Aurora’s, Fratelli’s and Sandro’s are all great options. Although, the Water Tower Pub has some of the best thin-crust pizza in town! Head to the Superior Home Bakery for some “Tie Plates” (aka Pizzelle to the rest of the world) after lunch.
- Pack into the car and drive to St. Joe’s Island. Richard’s Landing is a quaint little village with cute shops and Hilton Beach is a great spot to stick your toes in the sand on the shores of Lake Huron. Learn about the War of 1812 at Fort St. Joseph or take a stroll through the stunning Adcock’s Woodland Garden.
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Awausee Trail Vista – Lake Superior Provincial Park