The Algoma District has the building blocks to develop a world class wilderness rail tourism corridor
THE BUILDING BLOCKS ARE:
The Algoma Central Railway (ACR), a functioning rail line since 1899, with links to the Ontario Northland, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways.
The ACR is a north-south line linking Highways 11 and 17, the two major trans-Canada highways.
The ACR travels through 300 miles/475 kilometres of arguably the most beautiful wilderness landscape in Ontario - much of it still without road access.
The ACR journey begins in Sault Ste Marie, crosses lakes and rivers flowing south to Lake Superior (the world's largest fresh water lake) and then crosses into the watershed of lakes and rivers flowing north to Hudson Bay.
The ACR revisits the iconic Canadian art history landscape where the Group of Seven painted much of their best known works, while living in boxcars and train stations on the ACR line.
The ACR goes through cultural communities representing the three founding peoples of Canada: First Nations, Francophone and Anglophone.
The ACR travels through the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve - the world's largest game preserve, and Lake Superior Provincial Park.
Algoma District has countless superb canoe, kayak and hiking routes - many of these trips can be launched from the train.
Algoma District has a climate which provides great winter snow conditions for snowmobilers and cross country skiers launching trips from the train to trails.
Many excellent tourist attractions already exist in the region and along the rail line: Agawa Canyon Tour, Searchmont Ski Resort.
Algoma is at the hub of the Great Lakes and is in the geographic centre of North America on both the south-north and the east-west axis.
There are six strong destination marketing and outdoor tourism organizations: Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma Kinniwabi Travel Association, James Bay Frontier Travel Association, Direction Ontario, Nature & Outdoor Tourism Ontario(NOTO) and the Northern Ontario Native Tourism Association (NONTA) promote the wilderness rail tourism corridor.
Wilderness tours are popular in Northern Ontario, nearly one-third of American and Canadian travellers who have visited Northern Ontario in the past two years and participated in a same-day tour, took a wilderness/outdoor tour.