Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

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Trans Canada Highway - Sault to Wawa

Head north and follow the coastline of Lake Superior. Visit Batchewana Bay with its striking views of the lake and be sure to stop at the Agawa Indian Crafts & Canadian Carver near Pancake Bay. See cobblestone beaches, roadside sand dunes, rock formations and the Agawa Pictographs, located in Lake Superior Provincial Park.Distance From SSM: 2.5 hours

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From secluded bays on the shoreline of Lake Superior to sandy beaches, campgrounds and ancient Aboriginal paintings, the drive from Sault Ste. Marie to Wawa will amaze you and cause you to fall in love with Northern Ontario.This is the most picturesque of all the driving tours, and the longest. This tour will take you north of Sault Ste. Marie through the heart of some of Northern Ontario’s most breathtaking scenery.Although the drive only takes three hours without stopping, you may wish to spend a day or two so you can explore in detail some of the things that make Northern Ontario amazing. There are many places to camp along the way, or if you prefer there are even a few motels and a complete range of amenities once you reach Wawa.Words cannot fully describe the majesty and magic that this part of the country holds. Even if you never leave your car, you will find yourself trying to memorize almost every view. Make sure to bring a camera that can take a lot of pictures. You’ll need it.Leave Sault Ste. Marie up the Trans Canada Highway (Highway 17 North) and pass through the small community of Heyden as you head north. After 10 kilometres you will pass encounter one of the first real reasons to take this drive ... Mile Hill. Mile Hill will afford you an amazing view of the region’s forests as you descend along it.The Highway follows closely along the coast of Lake Superior, as you pass Batchewana Bay and Pancake Bay. These are excellentplaces to take pictures of Lake Superior and in the warmer months, to stop for a swim.Just 10 kilometres west of Pancake Bay Provincial Park you will find Sawpit Bay. More secluded than some of the other stops, and having a cobblestone beach, this is a great place to enjoy Lake Superior with a bit more privacy. Mica Bay has many unique geological features as well as sandy beaches. The ancient lava that helped form the Canadian Shield is evident here along with multi-coloured granite and quartz.Be sure to stop at the Agawa Pictographs, located in Lake Superior Provincial Park. Although the 15 minute hike from the highway to the pictographs is steep, it is well worth the effort to see these 400 year old paintings on rock, created by the Ojibwa People.An amazing view of Lake Superior can be found at Old Woman Bay just before Wawa, more than four hundred feet above the lake. Recently this area has become home to peregrine falcons, once thought to be extinct in the area.The drive finishes in the town of Wawa, famous for its 26 foot tall sculpture of a Canada goose, as well as its small town charm. As you end your journey you may wish to stay the night in a hotel or bed & breakfast. The next day, as you return to Sault Ste. Marie you can visit any stop you may have missed on the drive up, or revisit some new favourites.

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