You don’t need to travel out of the province to experience breathtaking views, spa style pampering, or to learn rich history. It’s all in your Northeastern Ontario backyard. Check out these must-see stops on the ultimate Northeastern Ontario Road Trip.
MS Chi-Cheemaun – Tobermory
We’re kicking off this epic road trip with a ferry to the beautiful Manitoulin Island. The Chi-Cheemaun is a fully functional, vehicle, bicycle, and pet friendly ferry that’s not only a mode of transportation, but an experience all it’s own. The ferry has on-deck entertainment, many different departure times, and unbeatable views. You’ll land at the South Baymouth, a perfect place to start your venture onto Manitoulin Island. During peak season, be sure to book up to two weeks in advance as the spots fill up fast.
Bridal Veil Falls – Manitoulin Island
The Bridal Veil Falls are located just off Highway 540 in the township of Kagawong. These beautiful falls flow from the Kagawong River, which is connected to lake Huron. They form a pool at the bottom—an excellent and popular spot for a swim. The falls themselves are approximately 35 feet high and there are walking trails surrounding both sides. The trails lead to the small town of Kagawong, where you can visit the small village and take a walking tour of a museum and art galleries.
The Cup and Saucer Trail – Manitoulin Island
This famous trail is 14km long and located just outside of Little Current, at the junction of Hwy. 540 and Bidwell Rd. The Cup and Saucer Trail has many options of terrain to choose from, and your path is ultimately determined by the amount of time and/or skill you have. The paths range from 15 minutes to four hours, and also include some “Adventure” trails for the avid hiker. With 70meter cliffs, the views are spectacular and a must-see for any Northeastern Ontario traveler.
La Cloche Mountains – Willisville
The La Cloche mountains are some of Ontario’s most majestic. The range stretches from south of Massey all the way to Killarney, but the Willisville district is right in the middle. These mountains are part of the Canadian Shield and even caught the attention of the artists Group of Seven in the early 1900’s. It’s no wonder with the rich views offered by these regal foothills.
After a long day of hiking and sightseeing, spend a pampered night at the prestigious Lang Lake Resort, just minutes away from the La Cloche Mountains. Rest, unwind, and relax before you buckle up for your trip to Sudbury.
Dynamic Earth – Sudbury
Dynamic Earth is the ultimate underground experience located in Sudbury’s west end. Take a guided “dynamic” tour into a real underground mine, view extensive geological exhibits, see a show in the Atlas Copco Theatre, or visit the Big Nickel—Sudbury’s most famous landmark. Dynamic Earth does an exemplary job of displaying Sudbury’s rich mining history.
Science North – Sudbury
Located in Sudbury, Science North is a must-see if you’re in the area. It’s northern Ontario’s “most popular tourist attraction and an educational resource for children and adults across the province.” Some features include an IMAX® theatre, digital Planetarium, butterfly gallery and Special Exhibits Hall with daily interactive presentations. They also have a phenomenal animal section where you can learn about various species that reside in our Ontario forests.
Canadian Forces Museum of Aerospace Defence – North Bay
This museum is the only one of it’s kind in Ontario. CFMAD focuses on Canada’s rich aerospace history. Their exhibits are both interesting and chilling, and include WWI, WWII, Cold War, and the Post-Cold War era. Each group has the opportunity to interact with Cold War radar consoles, sit in the cockpit of a jet, and more!
French River Trading Post – French River
For nearly 60 years, the French River Trading Post has been a key stop for travellers along Highway 400 North. Located 45mins south of Sudbury and just over 3hrs north of Toronto, the aptly named “French River” Trading Post is in the municipality of French River, Ontario, off Highway 69. Once a small motel and souvenir shop, it has flourished into a one-stop Ontario hospitality business. They have a famous fudge factory, restaurant, mascots, and quality hand-made souvenirs, like furs and artwork.
It’s the perfect ending to your epic Northeastern Ontario road trip.
Editors Note: I also highly encourage you to check out any of the Ontario Parks locations along your travels for an enchanting experience and good nights rest, if need be. Each park is rich in foliage and wildlife—a truly enticing site, not to missed by any Ontario Traveler. Or if you’re looking for cozy roofed accommodations with the comforts of home, click here to explore the many great accommodation Partners in Northeastern Ontario!