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Head North to Explore Hearst

Wide open spaces, starry night skies and beautiful sunsets are some of the things to expect when visiting Hearst, Ontario. The last stop on the Algoma North Drive, Hearst makes a great base for adventure; check out this itinerary to help plan a few extra nights to enjoy the outdoors and stories steeped in history and culture.

As Algoma Country’s most northerly community, Hearst has a rich Francophone culture and heritage. It has a long tradition of being a ‘lumber town’ and is a destination for four seasons for outdoor adventure.

Explore Rich Franco-Ontarian Culture and Heritage

Our region’s Franco-Ontarian communities are deep-rooted, preserving their identity and culture through events, museums, learning experiences, cultural and community centres. French Canadians arrived in Hearst during the construction of the National Transcontinental Railway, to farm, and to work in the lucrative forest industry.

Visit: Hearst Ecomuseum, located in a heritage house, explores the origins, history and religion of the area’s Francophone beginnings. The Heritage Sawmill is a community gathering centre, preserving the richness of the town’s forest heritage. La Maison Verte Greenhouse is a unique business who cultivates quality plants in greenhouses for reforestation, consumption and landscaping.

The Heritage Sawmill

Enjoy Many Outdoor Adventures

In town: The Fitness Nature Trail along the Mattawishkwia River to walk, run or cycle. Johnson’s Lake Park offers a sandy beach and picnic day use area just a short distance from town.

Mattawishkwia River

Fushimi Lake Provincial Park is ideal for swimming with its clear waters and sandy beach. Paddle the lake by canoe; keep watch for local wildlife like birds, small animals, or perhaps moose along the shore. Find a peaceful spot to feast on a picnic made of local foods. An easy hike is the Achilles Lake Trail. For seasoned hikers, take the Fire Tower Trail to see the Bannerman Fire Tower, one of the few original fire towers left in Ontario.

For the Foodie

Savour the sights, smells and tastes of classic French and French-Canadian food at local eateries. Try Fresh Off the Block for the best poutine in town. French dip sandwiches, Soupe à l’oignon, Coquilles Saint-Jacques, or a Croque-Monsieur (a delicious French ham and cheese sandwich made with gruyere, parmesan, ham with béchamel sauce, toasted in the oven) are on the Companion Hotel restaurant menu. Veilleux Camping & Marina’s Restaurant on Lake Pivabiska, offers dine-in, take-out and grab & go meals. Our pick: Chocolatey Crepes.

Loon Vodka is a taste of Northern Ontario charm, distilled by the Rheault Family, and handcrafted in small batches.

Photo Credit: Rheault Distillery

Rest Your Head

Hotels and motels offer comforts of home mixed with great amenities: swimming pools, steam baths, WiFi, some with kitchenettes to prepare your own meals, or laundromats so that you can pack light. Take in the starry night skies and evening nature sounds by camping lake side by tent or RV / trailer. Boat rentals, canoe or kayak rental, pedal boats are all available in the area no matter where you rest your head at night.

Fushimi Lake Provincial Park

For more information visit www.algomacountry.com