Hike Agawa Canyon Weekend Getaway

Fri. Oct 6 (evening) to Sun. Oct 8th (5pm), 2006
Fri. Oct 13 (evening) to Sun. Oct 15th (5pm)

Guided Hike with pre-hike hotel (dbl occ.) in Sault Ste. Marie (Fri)~ $399 CDN – $362 US
Guided Hike with pre-hike hotel (sgl occ.) in Sault Ste. Marie (Fri)~ $$460 CDN – $418 US
Guided Hike without hotel accommodation & breakfast~ $329 CDN – $299 US

Overview

We begin our weekend in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Here we get packed, review trip routes, check our gear and make final trip preparations. Saturday morning we catch the Algoma Central Railway and begin our journey to the Agawa Canyon. This scenic train ride will drop us off just above Agawa Falls. We’ll wave goodbye to the train and step into pure wilderness. For the next two days we will be hiking along the “Towab Trail”, one of the most scenic interior trails in Lake Superior Provincial Park.

We’ll be following along the Agawa River and taking our time to enjoy the canyon colours. This is a moderately demanding hike on a well-marked and maintained rugged trail; you don’t need to be a mountaineer to enjoy this hike. Good hiking boots and a moderate fitness level will help you enjoy the hike and all the area has to offer.

The fall colours along the slopes of the Agawa River will be a special highlight of the trip. Colours are spectacular this time of year. We will be hiking a total of approximately 13-km so there is lots of time to enjoy the sights. Saturday night we will be camping at a wilderness campsite along the trail. Naturally Superior Adventures will take care of trip transportation needs, meals, camping and safety equipment, all you need is your personal clothing and hiking enthusiasm.

Program Itinerary

DayTimeActivity
FridayEarly Evening
8:00 pm
Sault Ste. Marie Airport pick up available
Group meeting at hotel for pre-trip orientation
Accommodation at hotel
SaturdayMorningBreakfast at hotel
Travel by Agawa train to custom drop off above Agawa falls
 AfternoonPacked lunch on the train or at the Agawa falls
Explore Agawa Falls area then follow Agawa River “Towab” canyon trail.
 EveningDelicious dinner and warm campfire
Overnight tent camping at campsite adjacent river
SundayMorningFollowing hearty camp breakfast we continue on the Towab Trail
Lunch stop at Burnt Rock Pool to Burnt Rock adjacent River
 AfternoonFinish hike mid afternoon with snacks and vehicle shuttle south on scenic Hwy 17 adjacent the Lake Superior coast.
Optional stop and short hike at Agawa Pictographs
 Early EveningTrip finishes at Sault Ste. Marie hotel or airport.
Hotel accommodations are available Sunday night at an additional cost

Equipment and Services

We provide:

  • Professional guiding and meals
  • Tents, group safety and cooking equipment
  • Park fees, train and shuttle services
You provide:

  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Sturdy hiking boots/shoes
  • Sleeping bag and pad

Packs are available if needed or bring your own. Just let us know in advance and remember that you‘ll need to carry all your own gear plus some group equipment (such as cooking equipment, food, etc.).

About Naturally Superior Adventures

Naturally Superior Adventures is located on Lake Superior, approximately 5km from Wawa, Ontario on a 7-acre peninsula in Michipicoten Harbour at the mouth of the Michipicoten River. Our site, locally known as “Rock Island”, is adjacent to Lake Superior Provincial, Pukaskwa National Park, Michipicoten Island and part of the Great Lakes Heritage Coastline, the longest undeveloped stretch of shoreline of the Superior coast. With our unique location on Lake Superior, we make it our business to know this coastal ribbon as well as the lakes and rivers of Algoma and the Superior east area. www.naturallysuperior.com

In addition to Fall Colour Hikes based from Sault Ste. Marie, we offer scheduled and custom trips by sea kayak, white water canoe, instruction programs for kayaking, canoeing and guiding. Our main lodge can provide accommodation in one of our four guestrooms and also has mini conference facilities. The lodge is located right on the Lake with a beautiful view of Superior from every room.

Your Guides and Group

Your guide(s) is a qualified, personable and knowledgeable outdoor professional whose first priority is to ensure your safety and enjoyment. Guides are trained in Wilderness First Aid, trip guiding and are familiar with the heritage, ecology and environment of our area. A first aid kit is carried on every trip. Group size is usually 3 – 6 people with a max of 8 participants. Participants vary in age from 35 – 60 and have done some hiking before though not necessarily overnight camping. Your guide will assist with setting up camp.

Food

Our menu contains healthy, tasty, non-processed foods in hearty supply. We put the emphasis on “Canadian fare” using traditional recipes and locally produced foods where possible. While our regular menu includes meat, fish and a variety of fresh foods, we are happy to accommodate vegetarians/vegans and will work to accommodate those with special dietary requirements. Give us a call to discuss your specific needs.

Weather

The beautiful fall colours are a result of a combination of moderately warm days and cool nights periodically dipping down to 2 to 0C. Dress in layers and bring rain gear and warm clothing. A clothing list will be provided.

Registration

A non-refundable $100 deposit is required to hold your place on this trip. Full payment is due 30 days prior to your hike dates. Once registered you will be sent an information package, which includes Release and Medical/Diet Forms along with equipment lists. Our guides will call you about a week from trip start to answer last minute questions.