The Lake Superior Route

Manitoulin Island  |  Sault Ste. Marie  |  Thunder Bay
Lake of the Woods |  Kenora

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  • Travel along the coast of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.
  • Partake in a cultural learning experience on Manitoulin Island.
  • Visit the city of Sault Ste. Marie, offering packages that tie in the rich history and culture of the city.
  • Travel north through along the coast of mighty Lake Superior to Wawa.
  • Visit Naturally Superior Adventures just outside of Wawa to experience guided adventures by sea kayak, voyageur canoe, stand-up paddle board or just relax in the lodge on shores of Lake Superior.
  • Continue north along the rugged northern shore to the city of Thunder Bay.
  • Spend some time in Thunder Bay, the ideal urban basecamp for outdoor activities.
  • Head west to discover the magnificent Lake of the Woods region.
  • Continue north to the city of Kenora, known as the "Premiere Boating Destination of North America".
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ROUTE

DISTANCE: 1900 km

  1. Depart from Toronto on Hwy#410.
  2. Turn onto Hwy#10 to Owen Sound.
  3. Take Hwy#6 up the Bruce Peninsula to Tobermory.
  4. Board the Chi-Chimaun Ferry from Tobermory to South Baymouth, Manitoulin Island (2 hr crossing of Georgian Bay).
  5. Hwy#6 off the island joining up with Hwy#17 to Sault Ste. Marie.
  6. Continue north on HWY#17 to Wawa.
  7. Departing from Wawa, continue on HWY#17 north to Thunder Bay.
  8. Depart west from Thunder Bay on HWY#17.
  9. Turn left onto HWY#11
  10. Continue on HWY#11 to HWY#71.
  11. Follow HWY #71 north to Kenora.

Drive Distances

Toronto to Manitoulin Island
6 h 38 min / 364 km

Chi-Cheemaun Ferry crossing:
2 h crossing of Georgian Bay.

Manitoulin Island to Sault Ste. Marie
4 h 10 min / 340 km

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

Wawa to Thunder Bay
5 h 25 min / 477 km

Thunder Bay to Kenora
5 h 30 min / 490 km

Points of Interest

MS Chi-Cheemaun

Manitoulin Island

The ferry connects Tobermory on the tip of Bruce Peninsula with South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island, crossing Georgian Bay.

Contact

T: 1-800-265-3163

Wikwemikong experience

Manitoulin Island

The largest Anishinabek community on Manitoulin Island.

Contact

Luke Wassegijig – Tourism Manager
T: 1-705-859-3477

Ojibwe Cultural Foundation

Manitoulin Island

Browse Indigenous galleries, sample authentic cuisine and learn traditions like beading or spirit rock painting.

Manitoulin Island hotel
& conference centre

Manitoulin Island

Wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated in contemporary rooms with decor reflecting the First Nations traditions. 

Contact

manitoulinhotel.com

Perivale gallery

Manitoulin island

Perivale Gallery is the premier art destination of Manitoulin Island, and one of the most prestigious art galleries in all of Northern Ontario.

Contact

T: 705-210-0290
E:
 info@perivalegallery.com

Meldrum-Bay-Inn
Meldrum Bay Inn

Manitoulin Island

On the Northern shores of the Manitoulin Island, and just before the end of Highway 540, sits the Meldrum Bay Inn.

Contact

T: 877-557-1645
E: meldrumbayinn@yahoo.com

Dynamic Earth (OSE)

Sudbury

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

Contact

T: 1-800-461-4898
E: contactus@sciencenorth.ca

Science North

Sudbury

Discover the connection between science and the everyday world at Science North.

Contact

T: 1-800-461-4898
E: contactus@sciencenorth.ca

Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site

St. Joseph Island

Once the most westerly fort in Upper Canada, Fort St. Joseph is now a fascinating historic ruin.

Contact

T: 705-246-2664
E: fortstjoseph-info@pc.gc.ca

Agawa Canyon Tour Train (CSE)

Sault Ste. marie

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

Contact

T:  855-768-4171
E:  agawacanyontours@cn.ca

Art Gallery of Algoma

Sault Ste. Marie

The Canadian bush plane heritage centre is dedicated to preserving the history and telling the story of bush planes and forest fire protection in Canada.

Contact

T: 705-949-9067

Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

Sault Ste. marie

The Art Gallery of Algoma (AGA) is a public art gallery dedicated to cultivating and advancing the knowledge and appreciation of visual arts in Sault Ste. Marie and district.

Contact

T: 705-945-6242

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.

Contact

T: 705-941-6262

Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site

Sault Ste. marie

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

Contact

T: 705-759-5443
E: old.stone.house@cityssm.on.ca

Lake shore salzburger hof resort

Batchewana

A beautiful resort located right on the shore of Lake Superior.

Contact

T: 705-882-2323
E: info@salzburgerhofresort.com

Naturally Superior Adventures (OSE)

WAWA

Half day, one or multi day guided adventures.

Contact

T: 705-856-2939
E: info@naturallysuperior.com

Mystic Isle Motel

Wawa

Mystic Isle Motel is a “Gem in the Woods” located right off Highway 17 and minutes from downtown Wawa, Ontario.

Contact

T: 705-856-1737
E: mysticisle@mysticisle.com

Lodge Eighty-Eight

White River

Lodge Eighty Eight is a premiere wilderness lodge situated on remote Esnagi Lake.

Contact

T: 705-812-1624
E: info@lodgeeightyeight.com

Pine Portage Lodge (OSE)

White River

Pine Portage Lodge is a five-star wilderness lodge owned and operated by the Watson family for over 70 years.

Contact

T: 1.800.363.4443
E: watsons@fishthefinest.com

Kakabeka falls provincial park

Thunder Bay

Also known as Niagara of the North.

Contact

T: 1-807-473-9231

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Thunder Bay

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

Contact

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

Contact

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

info@fwhp.ca

Sail Superior (OSE)

Thunder Bay

An Ontario Signature Experience. Sail Superior offers a variety of exciting journeys on the open waters of Lake Superior.

Contact

T: 1-807-628 3333
E: info@sailsuperior.com

Northwest Helicopter tours

Thunder Bay

See the sights of Superior's North Shore.

WildernesS North (OSE)

Thunder Bay

An Ontario Signature Experience. Wilderness North offers world-class Canadian fishing, fly fishing, and adventure experiences.

Contact

Toll Free: 888-465-3474
T: 807-983-2047
E: krista@wildernessnorth.com

Branch's Seine River Lodge

Atikokan

Nestled in the heart of Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario Canada, Branch's Seine River Lodge is a modern, full service, drive in fishing and hunting lodge.

Contact

T: 1-(866) 443-4414
E: fishing@seineriverlodge.com

Quetico Provincial Park

Atikokan

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

Contact

T: 1-807-597-2735

Totem Lodge (OSE)

Sioux Narrows

An Ontario Signature Experience. Totem Lodge is a Premier Fishing Resort in Sioux Narrows, Ontario, Canada

Contact

T: 1-807-226-5275
E: info@totemresorts.com

Grace Anne II yacht & lodge (OSE)

Kenora

An Ontario Signature Experience. A sophisticated world-class cruise through majestic Lake of the Woods.

Contact

T: 1-800-987-3857

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Clarion Lakeside Inn

Kenora

Stay at this Kenora Hotel situated on the beautiful Lake of the Woods! 

Contact

T: (807) 468-5521

Lake of the Woods Brewery Tours

Kenora

Lake of the Woods Brewing company is located in a 100+ year old historic fire hall in down town Kenora, ON.

Contact

T: 1-833-321-2337

Lake of the Woods Museum

Kenora

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

Contact

T: (807) 467-2105

MS Kenora

Kenora

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

Contact

T: (807) 468-9124