The Fur Trade Route

OLD WOMAN BAY – Lake Superior Provincial Park


This immense landscape speaks of our Canadian history. Starting with the Indigenous people and the fur trade that led to settlement with the exploration of canoe routes, railroads and eventually highways that connected resource towns to the outside world. Northern Ontario has a unique character in its people and communities that has seen its share of the boom and bust of mines and mills. 

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Fur Trade Route Itinerary.


DAY 1    Toronto to Parry Sound
DAY 2    Parry Sound to Sudbury
DAY 3    
Sudbury to Spragge
DAY 4    Spragge to Sault Ste. Marie  
DAY 5    
Sault Ste. Marie to Wawa
DAY 6    
Wawa to Nipigon
DAY 7    Nipigon to Thunder Bay
DAY 8    Thunder Bay to Fort Frances
    Fort Frances to Kenora

*a, b, c are alternate routes


Drive Distances

Toronto to Parry Sound
2 h 30 min / 200 km

Parry Sound to Sudbury:
2 h / 170 km

Sudbury to Sault Ste. Marie
3 h 40 min / 320 km

Sault Ste. Marie to Wawa
2 h 40 min / 230 km

Wawa to Nipigon
4 h / 360 km

Nipigon to Thunder Bay
1 h 20 min / 120 km

Thunder Bay to Fort Frances
3 h 50 min / 330 km

Fort Frances to Kenora
2 h 30 min / 220 km


Weather Warnings

Remote sections on Hwy #17/11 between Sault Ste. Marie & Thunder Bay

Watch for sudden weather changes with heavy snow and wind on isolated stretches of highways with few or no services during April and early May in Spring, and late September–October in Fall along the north shore of Lake Superior. Gale-force winds can quickly develop over the north shore of Lake Superior. Keep an eye on your fuel and propane before heading north around the crest of Lake Superior where gas stations may close in the evening, and on Sundays.

Points of Interest

Island Queen Cruise

Georgian Bay

Island Queen Cruises operates two and three hour cruises from the pier in Parry Sound for a close-up look at Georgian Bay's


T: 1.800.506.2628

Dynamic Earth (OSE)


Dynamic Earth is an immersive, hands-on science centre that features earth science and mining experiences.


T: 1-800-461-4898

Agawa Canyon Tour Train (CSE)

Sault Ste. marie

The Agawa Canyon Tour Train is one of the most popular train excursions in North America.


T:  855-768-4171

Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site

Sault Ste. marie

The Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site features two of the oldest stone buildings in Northern Ontario.


T: 705-759-5443

Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site

Sault Ste. Marie

The Sault Ste. Marie Canal, built in 1895, was the world’s longest lock, the first to operate using electricity and the last link in an all-Canadian navigational chain from the Atlantic to Lake Superior.


T: 705-941-6262

Naturally Superior Adventures (OSE)


Half day, one or multi day guided adventures.


T: 705-856-2939

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Thunder Bay

On the southern tip of this rugged peninsula near Thunder Bay lies the legendary Sleeping Giant.


T: 1-807-977-2526

Fort William Historical Park (CSE)

Thunder Bay

A Canadian Signature Experience. The Fort William Historical Park is one of the largest living history attractions in North America


Reservations: 807-473-2344
Admissions: 807-473-2347
Administration: 807-577-8461

Kakabeka falls provincial park

Thunder Bay

Also known as Niagara of the North.


T: 1-807-473-9231

Quetico Provincial Park


Quetico Provincial Park is one of Ontario’s finest wilderness canoeing Parks, recognized by the world for its unparalled peace and tranquility.


T: 1-807-597-2735

Lake of the Woods Museum


The award-winning Lake of the Woods Museum, one of the finest small museums in Canada is located in the City of Kenora.


T: (807) 467-2105

MS Kenora


The MS Kenora offers scenic tours around beautiful Lake of the Woods in Kenora.


T: (807) 468-9124


Ontario Parks

There are more than 30 provincial parks along the fur trade route. Most of these parks open in late May and close in September. A park pass is required and must be displayed on the dash of a vehicle at all times. Electrical, fresh water and sani-dumps are available in all provincial parks that accommodate RV camping. 

Campsite reservations:


Parks Canada

The federal government is guardian of  Pukaskwa National Park, Fort St. Joseph, Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area, and National Historic Sites along the route.




Ontario Private Campgrounds

Participating campgrounds in Ontario's private campground association are listed by number in the Camping in Ontario Directory.

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