Sault Ste. Marie is located on the St. Mary’s River in the heart of the Great Lakes near Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. It is commonly referred to as “the Soo” and is one of the oldest European settlements in Canada. The Algoma Central Railway operates between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst and is well known for its Agawa Canyon train tour, which played an important role for the Group of Seven.
Located within the city of Sudbury, Lake Laurentian Conservation Area contains 13 trails that range in length from 625m to 10km that can be used for hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. There is also a boat launch for canoes and kayaks.
Lake Superior Provincial Park is one of the largest provincial parks in Ontario. It is nestled along the eastern coast of Lake Superior and spans between Sault Ste. Marie and Wawa. It features lush forests, rocky overcrops, cliffs, lakes, ponds, waterfalls and beautiful sandy beaches.
Neys Provincial Park is located on the northern shore of Lake Superior. Its rocky shores are home to many subarctic plants because of the cold and rough water of the lake. Despite the frigid water, the park features a gorgeous sandy beach. There are also a number of hiking trails that weave their way across different landscapes in the park, including ancient dunes, dense forests, pebble beaches, and rocky overcrops. These rugged landscapes of Neys provided much inspiration to the Group of Seven painters, most notably Lawren Harris’ and his most famous piece, Pic Island.
There is a hiking trail, or rather series of connected hiking trails that form a loop, in Neys Provincial Park that provides sweeping vistas of Lake Superior, including Pic Island.