St. Joseph Island
Located in Algoma District.
- Richard's Landing
- Hilton Beach
St. Joseph's Island is the second largest fresh water Island in the world. Largest maple syrup producing area in Ontario.
Very popular camp "Cottage" area for Sault Ste. Marie and Mid-western American families.
St. Joseph's Island is connected to the mainland via a free bridge. To access the island, turn south from Highway 17 onto Highway 548.
The primary road system on the Island is based on early surveys, with crossroads every 1.25 miles (2 km). Many of these are still gravel roads, however, the local municipalities have been paving many of the more frequently used routes. (Hightway 548) is the major highway which circles the Island. This very scenic circular route covers just over 50 miles (80 km), and passes through Richards Landing and Hilton Beach.
Fall Colours (september-October) and Adcock's Woodland Gardens
- Over the Rainbow Doll Museum, @ Rainbow Ridge Farm (2.5km west of Richards Landing), ☎ +1 705-246-2683. May-Oct.. 1000 piece collection , antique to modern. Large groups welcome. $2.00 ,Call for times, children free.
- St. Joseph Island Museum, RR#2, Richards Landing, ON Canada P0R1J0 (After crossing the bridge and reaching the first stop sign, proceed straight onto 20th side road to I Line), ☎ +1 705 246-2672, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Mid-June until Labour Day Annually, Daily Except Tuesday 9:30am to 4:30pm. Founded in 1963 by the Historical Society, the St. Joseph Island Museum has over 6000 artifacts in six historic buildings, covering over 200 years of Island History. The progression of the Island is represented in four time periods: native encampments to Fort St. Joseph (1798-1814); pioneer settlements (1835-1890); to a period of almost complete private ownership by 1890; and the depression and war years (1900-1945...
Visit Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site of Canada Hike the trails, see the ruins,or watch brief historic film vignettes related to the site. A Parks Canada maintained site that has as its theme; The Fur Trade, The war of 1812 and the British Military, and the Aboriginal people in the area with whom the British formed alliances. Wildlife viewing; Deer, Fox, Bald Eagle, Racoon, Bear, etc...
- Fort St. Joseph Ghost walk (August)
- Country Road Open House, Various hosts (Map available), ☎ +1 705-246-2683. Self driving tour to celebrate the harvest, weekend before the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Various farms and rural entrpreneurs open their doors for two days. Activities could include, hay rides, quilting or sheep shearing demo.
Farm produce available and seasonal menus at local establishments.
Maple syrop season breakfast (Spring)
Mostly Fresh Fish
- Hilton Beach Inn Amazing view overlooking the north channel in Hilton Beach. Great food and clean affordable rooms.
- Ann's Cafe - Fantasic and well priced breakfast, good homemade bread. Located in Richards Landing.
- Mom's Restaurant.
- The Wharf.
- Island Springs Golf Course Restaurant.
- Hilton Beach Hotel.
- The Dry Dock.
- Kents Korners - Not a restaurant, but they have a really good bakery attached.
- Rainbow Ridge Farm (2.5 km west of Richards Landing), ☎ +1 705-246-2683, e-mail: email@example.com. Farm vacations and B&B.
- Sunnyside Bed & Breakfast, Richard's Landing (on the North Shore shipping channel), ☎ +1 705-246-1555.
- The highway 548 which completely circles St.Joseph Island is hard surfaced as are most of the side roads.
- These are very scenic routes and well suited for bicycling during the good weather.
- PLEASE keep in mind, St.Joseph Island is home to many, many permanent residents that go about their daily business year 'round. In the summer months the population swells with summer residents and guests. Many are not familiar or expecting bicycle or pedestrians on rural roads. Please respect ALL rules of the road as you would anywhere else. It is an idyllic spot, but bicycling is not a time to be having a conversation with your buddy, or becoming distracted.
- There is an abundance of wildlife, especially deer which tend to pop out of the fields and woods at any given moment, so heads up!
- Watch for wildlife ... especially deer which can be found anytime of day year 'round, in any area of St. Joseph Island
- There is very little Crown Land on St. Joseph Island.
- Please ask permission before hiking or hunting while visiting St Joseph Island
- Mackinaw Island (by boat)
- Sault Ste. Marie MI and ON
- Bat Caves
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