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Outdoors: Snowshoeing in Algoma Country

A modern day enjoyment of a 4,000-year-old mode of transportation

Snowshoeing is a sport that is over 4,000 years old. It was first used as a mode of transportation in the winter for hunting and gathering. Snowshoeing is once again becoming very popular in Algoma Country. 

Do you know that you can burn more calories snowshoeing than running or walking at the same pace? It’s relatively inexpensive, does not take a lot of skill and is a family affair for all ages.

Winters can be long and the days short in Algoma so why not get out and enjoy the abundance of snow in our area? It’s a great way to exercise and to go at your own pace.

You can be very adventurous and break trail out in the wild, or you can venture to many wonderful venues that have the trails already groomed for you.

Always bring water and food with you on longer snowshoeing trails and have your cell phone handy if there is service in the area in case you need help. Dress in layered clothing as you might be cold when you start but you will quickly warm up!

As a safety practice, always go with a buddy or a group of people and tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be home. A good set of warm and comfortable boots and warm socks are a must.

A set of snowshoes can run you anywhere from $70 to $250. You might want to invest in some snowshoeing poles to help keep you balanced.

There are many trails within and around Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma.

- Sheri Minardi

Read more about places to snowshoe in Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma region.