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The lure of Agawa

In the latest Outdoors in Algoma, a must-do hike in Lake Superior Provincial Park
2018-04-12 Outdoors In Algoma SM
Photo provided. Courtesy Sheri Minardi

The drive from Sault Ste. Marie along Highway 17 North is a beautiful drive in which the road parallels the shoreline of Lake Superior. In Lake Superior Provincial Park along the rugged coastline of Lake Superior, is a pristine and rugged hiking trail called Agawa Pictographs that leaves one in awe and imagining what it was like walking this trail back in history.

Agawa Rock is a sacred site of the Ojibwe people, the original inhabitants of this region, and who still have a vital and dynamic presence here today. But these pictographs take us back to another time—a time before the settlers made their presence in the landscape.

Here is where you will find the Agawa Pictographs of the Anishinaabe. We are so fortunate that these paintings on the granite rock wall are still visible today.

Agawa Bay is situated 139 km North of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. It is about an hour and a half drive via Hwy 17 N along the Trans Canada Highway.

To park in the Agawa Parking lot, you need a day pass as Agawa is in Lake Superior Provincial Park. You can purchase the day pass at the Agawa Bay Welcome Centre which is the park office for Lake Superior Provincial Park. Once you park in the Agawa Pictograph parking lot, put your day pass on your dashboard and lock up your vehicle.

You will need footwear that is good and sturdy. The trail is quite rocky and steep in places so watching your footing is a must. It is about a half a km hike to Agawa Rock along the shore of Lake Superior and will take you about a half hour to an hour depending if you hike half the trail or go full circle. It is a moderate hike and steep in parts descending 30 m (98 ft.).

- Sheri Minardi

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