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Trailhead Adventure Partners

Our Trailhead program is connected to the following attractions and outfitters to give you optimum help in planning your Algoma travels and stay at the Inn. Our Trailhead Adventure Hosts can give you tips and travel directions to you Sault and area adventures. You may be interested in our Trailhead package.

MS Chi-Cheemaun Ferry

A delightful 1 and 3/4-hour, 64-km link between scenic Tobermory at the tip of the Bruce Peninsulato the equally charming village of South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island, the biggest fresh water island in the world. Explore this mystic island, then venture across its bridges and causeways, your gateway to exploring Northern Ontario and the heritage Huron/Superior Great Lakes regions. Sault Ste. Marie is a 4-hour drive from the dock, with eye-feasting vistas, and points of interest and nature along the way. If you’re heading to the Sault, visit Algoma’s Water Tower Inn & Suites. Stay with us and consult with our Trailhead Adventure Hosts to plan your Sault and area adventures. For information, fares and schedules for this one-of-a-kind Great Lakes voyage. Visit www.chicheemaun.com.
 

Agawa Canyon Tour Train 

You’ll be wowed on this one-day rail excursion into the heart of the Canadian wilderness. Experience an incredible journey over towering trestles, alongside northern lakes and rivers, and the awesome granite rock formations and mixed forests of the Canadian Shield. Your tour is highlighted with a two-hour stay in Agawa Canyon Wilderness Park to enjoy trails and lookouts. Read more about this popular excursion and
our 2 and 3-day tour train packages.

 

 Agawa Indian Crafts & the Canadian Carver

Take a scenic 69 km drive north from the Inn along the coast of Lake Superior to Pancake Bay. This is a must-visit, family-owned and operated for over 30 years. There are three stores: Agawa Indian Crafts, The Canadian Carver and The Campers' Store. Tens-of-thousands of travellers stop in to visit, view and shop the authentic and unique crafts and artwork created by Canadian and First Nations artisans. Open May to the end of October. Online shopping also available. See 5-star TripAdvisor review for details from a traveller’s perspective. www.pancakebay.com  

Northwest Trading Company

Don’t miss this delightful traveller’s stop and gift centre at McKerrow on Hwy. 17 East. You can’t miss it…there’s a gas station and a Tim Hortons on the site. This is not your typical store…it's an experience! Photograph the life-size black bear, wander among the displays of moccasins, clothing, décor, artwork, kidstuff, pottery and tons more. Enjoy some yummy fudge from the Northwest Fudge Factory or flavour-rich ice cream made at a local dairy. You can preview the store and its products at www.northwesttradingcompany.com, and even shop online.

Serpent River Trading Post

Travelling to the Sault on TransCanada Hwy. 17 from Manitoulin Island or Sudbury? Take a break here to visit this First Nations retail attraction housed in a stunning log building. Browse through for moccasins, art, paintings, (including Native artists), jewellery, coats, pottery, authentic Native crafts, souvenirs and crafts from local artisans, as well as a museum. Open May to October, 7 days a week. Hwy. 17 East, Cutler.

 

Treetop Adventures

Treetop tours, zip lines and paintball, in the forest just north of Sault Ste Marie, and 27 km. from the Inn off TransCanada Hwy. 17 N. Ask our Trailhead Adventure Hosts for your 10% off coupon. www.treetopadventures.ca

 

 

Soul of Superior

Travel north 238 km. to Wawa, Ontario and let Soul of Superior Tours organize a day or multi-day adventure for you. The beautiful views and park and beach stops along the northeast coast of mighty Lake Superior are worthy of the trip in itself. Toni and Johanna will set up your paddling or hiking adventure. They’ll show you the sights of this northern town, including little-known locations once frequented by Canada’s renowned Group of Seven artists and world-famous pianist Glenn Gould. www.soulofsuperior.com

 

 Naturally Superior Adventures

Naturally Superior Adventures is a kayaking/canoeing mecca on the northeast coast of the greatest lake of them all, located just south of Wawa, Ontario. Here you can learn/kayak/canoe/paddle board/hike/thrill and fill your soul. Expert instruction, day trips, multi-day paddles and hikes…you can get it all here. Camping, accommodations and food available too. Dave Wells is your host. www.naturallysuperior.com

 

Mountain View Lodge

Float trips down the Goulais River. Kayak and canoe rentals. Guided ATV tours. Fishing in local lakes. Brennan and Chris will set you up for your perfect outdoor adventure. Just a ½ hour drive from the Inn to this wilderness tailhead. Stay at the Inn and let our Trailhead Adventure Hosts help you with your itinerary.

 

Velorution Bike Shop

How convenient is this. A top-notch bike shop right across the street from the Inn. Owned and operated by our friend André Riopel…he’s a major push behind Sault Ste. Marie’s bike trails. Bicycle and cycling gear sales, repairs and tips on where to ride road or mountain. 

Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula National Park is a Biosphere Reserve. Here are massive rugged cliffs, ancient cedar trees, rare alvars, forests and lakes. Fathom Five Marine Park preserves shipwrecks, historic lighthouses, and deep freshwater ecosystems.

Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre 

Exhibits and displays of the forest fire fighting and bush plane flying industry including interactive opportunities located in a waterfront aerodrome. See more.

Lake Superior Provincial Park

Lake Superior Park is internationally renowned for its awe-inspiring scenery and backcountry trails. Highlights include the Agawa Rock Pictographs, Sand River and Old Woman Bay. Natural and heritage attractions abound for artists (this is Group of Seven country) as well as hiking, kayaking and canoeing adventurers. www.lakesuperiorpark.ca

McGuffin Gallery 

Photographic artwork displays that feature outdoor experiences and travels of acclaimed journalists and photographers, Joanie and Gary McGuffin: the Adventurers. Phone 800-461-0800

North of Superior Climbing Company

The rock and ice climbing school offers climbing instruction and guiding at many sites along the North Shore of Lake Superior. Website: www.northofsuperiorclimbing.com. Phone: 705-946-6054

Sault Trailblazers 

Official trail organization that builds, manages and grooms 450 kms of connected trail system providing access to Algoma and beyond for snowmobile adventures. Phone 705-759-0023

Searchmont Ski Resort 

The Mountains of the Midwest. A year round resort featuring winter recreation activities on a 750 foot vertical. Phone 705-781-2340 or 800-663-ALGOMA

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry

Daily departures to historic Mackinac Island from St. Ignace and Mackinaw City, Michigan. An exciting and comfortable ride aboard Star Line's Hydro-Jet Ferries.

Soo North Fly Shop

Guided fly fishing tours, including a half-day trip on the St.-Mary's River. Contact Brad at soonorthflyshop@gmail.com. Website: http://soonorthflyshop.shawwebspace.ca

The Great Spirit Circle Trail 

The Great Spirit Circle Trail encompasses eight First Nation communities on Manitoulin Island and the Sagamok region in Northeastern Ontario, Canada. Truly blessed by the Creator, it is one of the most beautiful and serene regions in Northeastern Ontario Canada. Manitoulin Island, the largest freshwater island in the world and Sagamok are home to the "Anishnawbek" – the Ojibwe, Odawa and Pottawatomi people with a long and storied history, rich culture and abundant lands.

Tobermory Outdoor Adventure

Picturesque, nautical village atop the Bruce Peninsula offering exceptional hiking, nature interpretation, diving and boat excursions. Phone (519) 596-2452.

Voyageur Trail Association 

Hike the Association’s true wilderness trails that traverse the Great Lakes Heritage Coast ...designated as part of the Trans Canada Trail. Phone 705-779-3409 or 877-393-4003

Wikwemikong First Nation

Cultural discovery and excursions authentically presented in this attractive unceded territorial home of the Three Fires Wikwemikong Nation. Phone (705) 859-2214

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Romance Package

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Agawa Canyon Tour Train Package

Agawa Canyon Tour Train Package

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Testimonials

My first stay at the Water Tower Inn was after a family trip across Canada. We pulled in to the brand new facility in the wee hours of the morning after 5 weeks of camping. It was heavenly!!!! So much so that it became our first and last night stop whenever we headed west. Those stays are something of a legend in my family and this July I had the chance to show my son why. On a cold rainy day, coming back from Thunder Bay, we ditched the tent and checked in on our last night. I wouldn't have thought it could be better than my memories but it was. From the warm welcome at the front desk to the 2 hours we spent in the water. Thanks to the wonderful staff, facility and service the legend continues!

- Dawn

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