Aguasaban Falls & Gorge Terrace Bay Ontario
Worried about high gas prices?
The entire circle tour trip thru Canada is only about 500 miles; most get by with only one fill-up in Canada. So yes, gas is expensive yet in real dollars out of your pocket it isn't really much extra to see this beautiful part of Lake Superior.
Gas Saving Tips - Enjoy a unique vacation along the shores of Lake Superior for less money than you'd imagine.
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Nipigon-Red Rock Hiking Trail
Rossport - Neys:
Kama Cliffs and Kama Bay
Neys Provincial Park
Sault Ste. Marie
St. Mary's Island
Note to US Residents. Favorable exchange rates make this a good time to do the Ontario portion of the Lake Superior Circle Tour.
The West to East Lake Superior Circle Tour route leaves Minnesota to enter Canada at Grand Portage.
Through the summers of 2003 through August 2009, the border crossing routine seemed no more complex than prior to 9/11. Have never encountered long wait lines here. Since 2009, with the new passport regulations in effect, the wait is only a little longer. (We have, however, encountered long lines at the eastern Ontario crossing - Soo bridge border crossing - during weekends and holidays).
I recommend a stop at the Ontario Visitor Center. Very helpful staff, loads of maps and brochures and clean washrooms! There is also a currency exchange there but it is not open all the hours of the visitor center, so don't put all your eggs in that basket. Actually most places in Canada take credit cards, so you'll not need a lot of actual Canadian money to get by. If you missed the hike to High Falls on the American side, there is a hiking trail leading from the Visitor Center to view it from the other side.
After leaving the Visitor Center, the highway climbs into the hills and away from Lake Superior. Eventually the terrain levels out and looks quite a lot like central Wisconsin - with glacial drumlins punctuating the otherwise flat landscape. Dairy and beef farms, Amish buggies and cheese factories complete the parallel. Quite a change from the rugged shorelines and heavily wooded landscape of Minnesota's North Shore.
But once past Thunder Bay, the rocky outcroppings and mountain-like hills return. A side trip to visit the Sibley Peninsula and Sleeping Giant Provincial Park can easily occupy a few days due to its numerous hiking trails as well as canoeing and fishing on secluded inland lakes.
Get Acquainted with current Passport Regulations - There are new requirements for motor travel between the United States and Canada.
Lake Superior Scenic Tours > Mileage Guide & Fuel Costs
Planning a Motorcycle Ride around Lake Superior?
There's a new website devoted to Motorcycle Touring around Lake Superior that you should check out - www.ridelakesuperior.com/
East to Sleeping Giant Park and Nipigon-Red Rock, Ontario.
(some great hiking trails and scenery)
East to Rossport, Terrace Bay and the Ontario North Shore of Lake Superior. (more waterfalls, hiking, and camping)
Pukaskwa National Park (hiking trails, canoeing, scenic vistas, camping)
Wawa to Sault Ste. Marie (including Lake Superior and Pancake Bay Provincial parks & waterfalls, hiking, and camping)
Got particular Circle Tour Question? Be happy to help. Drop me a line
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SuperiorTrails.com - Reinhold Development - 2017
Duluth's amazing Bentleyville Duluth Christmas Lights Village opens Nov 17, 2018
Lake Superior Camping
& Campground Directory
Camping along the Lake Superior Circle Drive.
North Shore Fall Colors from the top of Moose Mountain.