Agawa Canyon Park

South Black Beaver Falls

Round-trip: 5 km

Difficulty: Easy

Location:  Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Click here for Google Map of this Route

Make a day of it and ride the train to hike in the Agawa Canyon Wilderness Park.  You can only get to Agawa Canyon Wilderness Park by hiking trail or the Algoma Central Railway.  The park is located 114 rail miles north west of Sault Ste. Marie.

Agawa Canyon Wilderness Park has trails that lead to the most scenic spots, including four waterfalls and a lookout platform. It’s possible to see them all on one trip but you might want to do all your eating on the train to give yourself as much time as possible to hike.

The four waterfalls in the park can all be seen in one visit:

The five well signed hiking trails will take you to all the scenic locations. They are the

  • Ed Foote Trail–this trail is named in honour of Ed Foote who was Park Supervisor from 1970 to 1982 and who drowned while retrieving a boat from the Agawa River. The trail follows a glacial river terrace to a level 50ft/15.2m above the tracks.
  • Lookout Trail–this trail climbs 375 stairs to two viewing platforms and an ultimate height of  250ft/76m above the tracks for a panoramic view of the Canyon.
  • Otter Creek Trail–This trail follows alongside Otter Creek and leads you to the park’s smallest waterfalls.
  • River Trail–Follow this gently rolling trail along the bank of the Agawa River to Black Beaver and Bridal Veil Falls.  You could hike on the River Trail on the way to the Bridal Veil Falls and then the Talus Trail on the way back.
  • Talus Trail–The Talus Trail continues past the Ed Foote Trail along the base of the west Canyon wall.  This trail will also lead you to the viewing platforms for North and South Black Beaver Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.

The Algoma Central Railway offers tour trains to canyon in the summer, fall and winter months; during late September and October for the changing colors and in December, January and February for the “snow train”.  Another attraction at Agawa Canyon is ice climbing during the winter months.  The train drops off the climbers between mile 110 to 114 and the climbers usually have tents, or non-permanent shelters set up near the tracks.

I read in the brochure that some of the members of the Canada’s Group of Seven painted in the Algoma region between 1918 and 1923. They rented a boxcar from the railway that was outfitted like a cabin and was shunted to sidings near the choice painting locations. From these locations they would set out on foot or canoe to paint.  I was interested to find out that you can still rent a train car to stay in, which I would love to do someday!

One Response

  1. Robert Percy Pennett January 12, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    Hi
    Iwas exploring the Google Site In particular the AGWA cANYON SITE with the idea of maybe making a model train layout of the Agwa Tour train route from Saulte Ste Marie to Herst,maybe.My wife and I took the tour last fall and we really enjoyed it.Would you also be aware of others who have already done this? Regards Bob.

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