Friday, 13 September 2013

Sault Ste. Marie: Agawa Canyon Adventure on the Train

Now that autumn season is fast approaching, planning a trip to Agawa Canyon in Sault-Ste.Marie for a whole day train adventure in the wilderness is the best advice I can give you.

The city of Sault Ste. Marie is located on the St. Marys River in Algoma District in Ontario, Canada.  The south side across the St. Marys River is the city of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan which is part of the United States of America. They are called the twin cities due to their same name.  



Though Sault Ste. Marie is famous not only on a particular season, I opt to explore the landscape that is so popular during the fall. The train roll its wheels from the train depot in downtown Sault Ste. Marie and started to move towards the northern side of the city as the journey to the wilderness begins.


It did not take long when the train moves its way through, the commentary is triggered that announces the upcoming view giving the rich history of the points of interest. You will definitely not miss taking photos of the spectacular view because your attention will be called ahead of time. Digital cameras are also installed and the scenery can be watched on the flat screen monitors throughout the coaches.



You won't believe it. The view is incredible! the lakes and rivers, the granite rock formations and the vast mixed forests of the Canadian Shield. I really love the colour of the autumn leaves. A landscape that is so inspiring. This is the reason why I chose the last week of September to experience the fall colour in Canada.  

After a breathtaking journey, our train begins descending into the canyon travel down the next 10 miles to the floor of Agawa Canyon. This time our train pulls to a stop to give us time to enjoy the pristine beauty of the Canyon Park. Everyone get off the train and enjoy the scenic walks on gravelled trails that lead to several waterfalls.



A 90-minute stay in the canyon and climbing over 300 steps to see the panoramic view is not enough though. I climb up to the lookout which is 250 feet above the canyon floor. It is truly an incredible setting for anyone who loves nature. You will be amazed by the time you see some of the beautiful photos I am able to take while the train is in motion.

The dining car facilities is available throughout the tour. Breakfasts, hot and cold lunches, a variety of sandwiches, cold drinks, coffee and tea are always there. You can bring your food and enjoy lunch in the picnic areas throughout the park while watching the river flow so calmly. And by the way, let me remind you that the Tour Train is a smoke-free environment which means you inhale only fresh air coming from the forests.



The next thing you do after reading this blog is to call and book for this unforgettable trip. The first week of October is the best time for you to experience the peak fall colours that only the Agawa Canyon Tour Train can provide. Please note that due to its popularity, the Railway suggests making your 'fall colour' reservation early. The links provide the contact information for your convenience.



The Agawa country is always ready on your visit any time of the year, whether you decide to come in winter time, spring time, summer or autumn. There are other tour packages to choose from ... all year round. Take a pick. The Snow Train, Tour of the Line, Canyon View Camp Car, Wilderness by Rail - Lodges, Wilderness by Rail - Ecotours and the Snowmobile Excursions.



The Agawa Canyon Train Tour is a one-day discovery. If you are staying in Sault Saint Marie for a couple of days, you can have the chance to explore the nearby attractions. Head on to the Casino Sault Ste. Marie or stroll the St. Mary's River Boardwalk.  Tour the Museum Ship Norgoma or visit Lock Tours Canada.  Whatever you plan to do in Sault Ste. Marie, a variety of Packages are available to assist with your tour planning.

Welcome aboard. Enjoy your stay!