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Outdoors: Five incredible hikes to do in Algoma

Some lead to waterfalls, some lead to breathtaking views of Lake Superior, and some lead to ancient sites
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During spring, summer or fall, these five incredible hikes are a great way to explore the beauty of Algoma. Some lead to waterfalls, some lead to breathtaking views of Lake Superior, and some lead to ancient sites.

Agawa Rock Pictographs

The Agawa Pictographs is a sacred site. These red ochre paintings on the rock face have endured rain, wind, winter and everything else that the mighty Lake Superior can muster and still they prevail.

Generations of Ojibwe have recorded dreams, visions and important events. The Pictographs are faded and weathered and we will never know how many pictures have disappeared with time.

It’s worth the short hike and I am sure a few hairs will stand up on your neck viewing this beautiful and historic site.

Chippewa Falls

The falls can be viewed as you drive along Highway 17 but take the time to stop at the rest area. This spot marks the halfway point of the Trans Canada Highway.

A short hike will get you up close and personal with this beautiful fall, but there are roots and rocks that have to navigated around. Don’t forget to walk the viewing bridge located along side of the highway to capture a full shot of the waterfalls.

Don’t be surprised if you run into an artist painting the falls on one of the flat rocky areas. This waterfall was also an inspiration to the Group of Seven Art Collective.

- Carol Caputo

Read more about the other 3 hikes to do in the area.