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Ontario Travel Guide: Hiking, Camping, Waterfalls, things to do and see on the Lake Superior Circle Route

Aguasaban Falls Terrace Bay Ontario
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
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Ontario Travel Pages

Thunder Bay Page:
Kakabeka Falls
Thunder Bay

Nipigon Page:
Sleeping Giant Provincial Park
Quimet Canyon
Nipigon-Red Rock Hiking Trail

Rossport - Neys Section:
Kama Cliffs and Kama Bay
Rossport
Rainbow Falls
Terrace Bay
Aguasaban Falls
Neys Provincial Park

Pukaskwa National Park

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Wawa
Magpie High Falls
Silver Falls
Lake Superior Provincial Park
Sand River Falls
Pancake Bay
Chippewa Falls

Sault Ste. Marie
Crystal Falls
Historic Locks
St. Mary's Island

Note to US Residents (Aug 15, 2020). Unfortunately travel into Canada is not currently being allowed.

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).

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High Falls Ontario-Minnesota Border

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 (see above picture) 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. bluff by Thunder BayDairy 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.

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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.

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A trail behind the Ontario Pigeon River Visitor Center leads to a view of Lake Superior's Pigeon Bay

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There's a new website devoted to Motorcycle Touring around Lake Superior that you should check out - www.ridelakesuperior.com/


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