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Outdoors in Algoma: Winter brook trout bonanza

Learn what makes Wawa's brook trout ice fishing so good

Wawa, Ontario is located just three hours north of Sault Ste. Marie on Highway 17. The drive north to Wawa is worth the price of admission alone. One of the most scenic drives in all of Ontario, the natural beauty of this region is hard to describe in words.

Rugged hillsides forested with spruce, birch and maple are covered with a thick blanket of lake effect snow from January through April. Traveling along Highway 17 visitors are treated to stunning vistas overlooking the rugged and historic Lake Superior shoreline.

In the winter months, Wawa is a quiet bush community made up mostly of locals and a few Americans who travel here for ice fishing and snowmobiling adventures. In the spring and summer Wawa transforms into a bustling trade center and kick off point for countless anglers seeking wilderness fishing adventures. Some of Ontario's most popular fishing lodges are located in this region and many can only be accessed via float plane bases located near Wawa or by the Algoma Central Railway system that services several resorts between Wawa and Hearst to the north.

Wawa also has an airport and taxi service that enables travelers from all around the globe to zero in on the world class fishing this area offers. To the traveling fisherman, Wawa offers all the amenities one could ask for. A host of small businesses including motels, campgrounds, cafes, fast food stops, gas stations, bait shops, hardware stores and grocery stores welcome visiting anglers.

- Mark Romanack

Learn more about ice fishing in Wawa this winter.