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Outdoors: North Channel of Lake Huron

There are lots of sites and stops on this summer road trip. The fun of a road trip is that you can quickly pack and go. This route follows the Canadian part of the Lake Huron Circle Tour from Sault Ste. Marie to Spanish.
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There are lots of sites and stops on this summer road trip. The fun of a road trip is that you can quickly pack and go. This route follows the Canadian part of the

Lake Huron Circle Tour from Sault Ste. Marie to Spanish. You'll experience scenic views of Lake Huron, sandy beaches, interesting stops, hike to lookouts, great places to eat, festivals and events along the way. It’s a nice little getaway for couples or friends.

Day One

Head east from Sault Ste. Marie on Hwy 17B through Garden River to Echo Bay to see Canada’s biggest loonie.

Affectionately called the “loonie,” the loon image on Canada’s One Dollar coin was designed by local resident and artist Mr. Robert R. Carmichael.

The Loon Dollar Monument was created to recognize him. You can also visit the nature boardwalk and the EKOBA Historical Site and Museum.

Continue on Hwy 17 to St. Joseph Island, situated in the North Channel of Lake Huron, accessible by toll free bridge.

Visit Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site, Adcocks Woodland Gardens or the St. Joseph Island Museum. Have lunch on the Island, stop for an ice cream, visit shops or participate in events and festivals.

The final destination of Day One is Bruce Mines (a nice place to stop for a hike is the Kensignton Conservancy in Desbarats).

The Bruce Mines Museum has lots of interesting artifacts like the 1876 Slot Machine and the Yakaboo Canoe.

Bruce Mines was Canada’s first hard-rock copper mine; visit the Simpson Mine Shaft to walk in the footsteps of the miners in the actual sloop mine.

Find fun vintage, retro and antiques, or pick up some artisan pieces and locally made products in the local shops.

- Heather Bot

Read about the other 3 days while travelling along Lake Huron.