‘Things To Do’
Within minutes of the resort, there are two Provincial Parks with fantastic beaches. Batchawana Bay Provincial Park boasts some of the warmest waters in Lake Superior, while Pancake Bay Provincial Park overlooks the area where the Edmund Fitzgerald freighter went down. Further north brings you to the Lake Superior Provincial Park, site of the Pictographs at Agawa Bay. Numerous inland lakes and rivers are just waiting for you to dip your paddle or toss in your lure. Kilometres of hiking trails, from easy to difficult, for young and young at heart, take you to scenic vistas or woodland retreats. Guide books are provided at the Park offices and on the Internet. The award winning interactive visitor’s centre at the Lake Superior Provincial Park gives a great overview of the flora and fauna of our area.
Many old mining and logging roads in the area are along streams and rivers giving you easy accessibility to waterfalls, rapids and pools for fishing or just wetting your feet after an afternoon hike or vigorous biking trek.
Night time brings dark skies filled with stars, planets and constellations. We have a south-east exposure, which is perfect for watching the moon and planets rise over the distant hills while you either can sit by your window or relax outside on a lounge chair in peaceful contemplation. Don’t forget to make a wish on a falling star! We try to practice a dark sky philosophy so that our guests are able to appreciate the full beauty of all those stars and perhaps check out a few satellites that go blinking through our night sky. Looking northward on August nights, you have a great opportunity to view the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) as it fills the sky with dancing colours.
The forests of Batchawana Bay are considered to be in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence zone. The northern deciduous-evergreen forests consist of a mixture of maple, birches, and oaks, with pine, hemlock, cedar and other evergreens. We are on the edge of the Boreal forest – the evergreen forest of spruce, balsam fir, tamarack and jack pine that covers most of Canada from Labrador to the Rockies and up to the sub-arctic.
A spring-time walk in our local forests amidst knee high ferns, trilliums, may flowers and trout lilies, inhaling the fresh woodsy scent that doesn’t come out of store-bought candles or room deodorizers, naturally refreshes the mind and soul. Nature’s own aromatherapy!
More and more people have become aware of their natural surroundings and how important their interaction with nature affects the global ecosystem. But also, we want you to reconnect with that childlike wonder we all were born with, and experience our great Canadian outdoors.
Come fill your bowls with berries and your baskets with wild mushrooms. Fill your eyes with the colour of wild flowers that carpet the woods and roadsides in spring and summer. Be dazzled by the glorious autumn show of leaves that are just outside your room’s door.
Grab your binoculars, your nature guides and don’t forget your camera because we’ve got memorable experiences down every woodland trail or beachside vista!
Lake Superior Prov Park– 45 minute drive north of the resort. One of Ontario’s largest parks. Great place for canoeing, kayaking and hiking. There 11 well marked hiking trails ranging from 1 to 35 miles in length. Ancient aboriginal rock paintings, or pictographs, can be seen in the park at Agawa Rock. Visit the award winning interactive Visitor’s Centre.
Lake Superior Prov Park Map– Active map and blog of park.
Lake Superior Prov Park Canoe Routes– Active map of canoe routes.
Pancake Bay Prov Park – 5 minute drive south towards Sault Ste. Marie. This park offers picnic tables, comfort stations and a children’s playground. 1.6 km of soft sandy beach and some of the warmest waters on Lake Superior make this a favourite with vacationers and locals alike.
Batchawana Bay Prov Park– 15 minute drive north. There is 3.2 km of fine, pure sandy beach, a children’s playground, comfort stations and laundry facilities. A nature trail, a boardwalk and the Edmund Fitzgerald Look-out Tower trail will keep you busy exploring easy interesting trails.
Superior Hiking– Interactive maps and personal description of hiking trails around the Lake Superior region. Trails have ratings and distance
Agawa Canyon Tour Train– You can also enjoy a Train Tour to the Agawa Canyon aboard the Algoma Central Railway’s passenger train. The Agawa Canyon is world famous for it’s rugged beauty. One day train excursion into Algoma’s magnificent wilderness with a two hour stop-over in the canyon.
Agawa Indian Crafts & The Canadian Carver– just a short drive north on Hwy. 17N. There is a very unique souvenir shop, small grocery store, liquour store, gas station and hunting/fishing license outlet.
Voyageurs Lodge– just a short drive south on Hwy. 17 N. There is a small grocery store, liquour store and gas station.
Naturally Superior Adventures– Led paddling enthusiasts on guided sea kayak trips on Lake Superior and guided canoe trips on northern Ontario’s rivers. Programs also include sea kayak instruction and paddling festivals.
Tree Top Adventures– Experience aerial climbing, zip line and wilderness survival programs just 30 minutes south in Goulais River.
Bushplane Heritage Centre– Explore the history and adventure of flight. Visit the historic 25,000 sq. ft. hanger located in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, filled with interactive, hands on aviation and forest fire displays.
Art Gallery of Algoma– Public gallery featuring local, national and international artists. Gift shop on site. Located in Sault Ste. Marie on the waterfront close to the public library.
Sault Ste Marie Museum– Located in the old Post Office building in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, exhibits illustrate the history of the people, the city and the surrounding area.
The Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site Old Stone House– Visit the oldest stone house Northwest of Toronto. Overlooking the St. Mary’s River in downtown Sault Ste. Marie.
OLG Sault Ste Marie Casino– Slots and tables in downtown Sault Ste. Marie.
Sault Ste Marie Waterfront Walk WAy– Take a casual stroll, fish or sightsee from the city’s waterfront walkway situated along the St. Mary’s River. Relax on the park benches and watch the ships passing through the locks.
Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site of Canada– is a man-made waterway that passes between the city of Sault Ste. Marie and Whitefish Island on the shipping channel joining Lake Huron and Lake Superior at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Of particular note are the canal’s Powerhouse built into the slope of the hill at the downstream end of the lock, and the Emergency Swing Dam located west of the original lock near the Superintendent’s Residence. The canal is now operated as a recreational facility.
Errington’s Wilderness Island– Interested in fishing for walleye and pike while enjoying first class accommodations? Take a train or fly from Hawk Junction to Lake Wabatongushi in the Chapleau Game Preserve. Doris and Albert Errington together with their family (who just happen to be part of our family!) and staff, will treat you to a fabulous vacation experience while you “Rough it in Velvet” on their secluded 10 acre island resort.