Top 6 Attractions on the Agawa Canyon Tour Train
Discover the highlights you’ll encounter with a ride on the Agawa Canyon Tour Train departing from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
1. THE TRAIN RIDE ITSELF
Rarely is the journey as rewarding as the destination, but the Agawa Canyon Tour Train is truly an exception. The tour train is outfitted with modern amenities, comfortable seats and most importantly—big windows to watch the ever-changing landscape. As you drink in the beautiful scenery, you can listen to a GPS-triggered audio commentary about key points of interest. It’s available in six languages and gives you a great background into the rich history of the region, including stories of the Ojibway, fur traders, explorers and much more.
2. THE PICNIC AREA
At mile 114, you’ll arrive at the main attraction of the tour—Agawa Canyon Park. At this point, you’ll be able to get off the train and stretch your legs for an hour-and-half and explore all the breathtaking natural wonders that you’ll find in the park. It begins at the Picnic Area where you can power up with a picnic lunch along the river before taking a stroll along one of the well-kept trails. Whether you’re looking for a casual nature walk or a more challenging hike, there are plenty of trails to choose from.
3. BRIDAL VEIL FALLS
One of the jewels of Agawa Canyon Park is the aptly named Bridal Veil Falls. To find it, follow the River Trail along the Agawa River, home to speckled brook trout, beaver, otter, mallard ducks and more. It’s about a 40-minute return trip and well worth it. Once you arrive, you’ll be rewarded with an amazing view of the majestic Bridal Veil Falls. For an alternate route back, try the Talus Trail on the west side of the tracks.
4. BLACK BEAVER FALLS
You’ll also encounter the Black Beaver Falls along the River Trail, just a 30-minute return trip. While it’s not as tall as the Bridal Veil Falls, it still leaves lasting impression so don’t forget your camera! If you’re lucky, you might also spot some of the park’s amazingly varied flora and fauna along the way. It’s not uncommon to see beaver, otters, great blue herring, mergansers, wood ducks and goldeneyes along the river on the way to Black Beaver Falls.
5. THE LOOKOUT
If you’re feeling energetic, The Lookout Trail is a more challenging 40-minute hike. Follow a winding forest path and over 300 stairs up to The Lookout, a large wooden viewing 250ft/76m above the tracks. It’s here that you’ll find one of the most breathtaking vistas in the park—a jaw-dropping panoramic view of the entire canyon. There’s also an intermediate platform just 80 steps from the track as a less strenuous option.
6. SAULT STE. MARIE
Finally, if you’re booking one of the train tour packages that includes a 2-3 night stay in Sault Ste. Marie, there’s plenty to see, do and experience in town as well. Check out cultural gems like the Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie Museum and Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site. Stroll along the riverside boardwalk to Roberta Bondar Park and Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. Or explore the city’s trendy restaurants, micro-breweries and patios.
Ready to start planning your trip? You can find more information about the Agawa Canyon Tour Train at agawatrain.com. There are two packages available—two nights in Sault Ste. Marie with train tour tickets, or three nights with train tour tickets and an attractions passbook. Next stop new adventures!