Spring & Summer
ATVing: It’s the perfect setting for the ATV enthusiast. Mud, rocks and swamps create an all-terrain paradise. Wawa also offers gravel roads that are ideal for a challenging trek. Some of the trails are easy for a nice family trip and perfect for sightseeing, while others are made for more experienced riders.
Fishing: Wawa has many lakes, streams and rivers featuring Speckled Trout, Lake Trout, Walleye (Pickerel), Steelhead, Salmon and Northern Pike.
Golfing: Wawa features a lovely 9 hole course (Yardage 3126, Par 35, Rating 68.5). Our official season usually begins in May and lasts until October or until the snow flies – whichever comes first! The Michipicoten Golf Course offers nine irrigated holes with a practice green and driving range. Clubs and carts are available for rent. The Pro Shop stocks basic golf items such as gloves, towels, tees, balls, and golf wear. Lessons may be arranged through the Pro Shop. The Club House provides fresh coffee, alcoholic beverages, and delicious, home-cooked meals. We have an active club with Seniors’, Men’s, Ladies’, and Junior Leagues. Several tournaments are held throughout the summer to appeal to all levels of golfers. Clubhouse: (705) 856-2590, Pro Shop: (705) 856-7409, Fax: (705) 856-2794. Their website can be found by clicking here.
Geocaching: Geocaching is a unique and enjoyable activity. There are many hidden caches around the Wawa area. For seasoned geocachers click on the link to download coordinates and you’re on your way to win some great prizes. If you have NEVER TRIED GEOCACHING and don’t have a GPS, that’s not a problem. Drop by the Wawa Tourist Information Centre and the staff will set you up with a rental GPS unit ($10.00/day) and some simple instructions on how to use it to find the hidden treasures and interesting stories around the Wawa area.
Scenic High Falls is 75 feet high and 125 feet wide – well worth a visit. A beautiful park area is located at the base of the falls, with a covered picnic shelter, BBQ, wheelchair accessible washroom facilities and plenty of parking. The short walking trails which follow the top of the falls to the park at its base also provide signage for an informative look at the history of power in the Michipicoten area.
Silver Falls includes three sets of falls encompassing the final drop of the Magpie River into the Michipicoten River and onwards to Lake Superior. From the wooden bridge on the Sandy Beach Road you are looking at the middle falls. Following the short trail (200 metres) starting from the north side of the bridge will lead you to the upper falls and a beautiful old twisted cedar tree. Below the bridge a small trail (forming part of the Voyageur trail system) will lead you to the lower falls. There are good fishing opportunities are in this area.
Wawa Falls are found adjacent to the pool below Silver Falls. Check out the small sand delta for traces of gold!
Wawa Lake Beaches
Dr. Rose’s Beach is the main waterfront beach development in Wawa. It includes a playground, change rooms, picnic table, a volleyball net and washrooms. The warm sandy beach faces east across Wawa Lake and is excellent for swimming and water sports.
Lion’s Beach is the secondary beach front development in Wawa. It includes a small dock, and is adjacent the famous “JOY” drill rig depicting the gold rush and iron ore mining history of our community.
Beaches on Lake Superior
Sandy Beach is a beautiful white sandy beach about 1 km long framed by bedrock cliffs. The beach faces west, is about 25 metres wide and is excellent for sunbathing and swimming. The beach is backed by sand dunes with fragile plant communities.
Government Dock Beach is a cobble and sand beach about 150 metres long and 40 metres wide, sandwiched between a rocky outcrop and Naturally Superior Adventures, Rock Island Site. The beach faces west and is an excellent place to enjoy Superior, especially when the wind is blowing and the waves pounding. The beach drops off fairly fast creating an undertow in wavy conditions and swimming is not recommended during these times.
Driftwood Beach forms part of Michipicoten Post Provincial Park bounded by Lake Superior and the mighty Michipicoten River. This park is home to the remains of the Hudson’s Bay Fur Trading Post, a historic site of great national and provincial significance. The beach is about 3 km long and 40 metres wide backed by sand dunes and spruce/birch forest. Facing west, it’s a great place for long walks and enjoying Superior’s splendor.
Hiking: Wawa has a number of hiking trails. There is more information here. You can also take part in one of two self-guided tours: Signs of History and/or Road to Riches.
Canoeing or Kayaking: Situated next to the largest inland freshwater lake “Lake Superior” and an incredible amount of beautiful inland lakes, Wawa offers many canoeing and kayaking adventures:
Anjigami River Canoe Route: a 70 km, 5 day trip
Dog Lake to Lake Superior: a 3 – 5 day trip follows the Dog, Manitowik, and Whitefish Lakes then the Michipicoten River to Lake Superior.
Fenton/Treeby Lake: a 16 km loop through 6 lakes makes a good day trip or relaxed overnight trip for novice canoeists.
Magpie River: A day trip suitable for novice paddlers, travelling from Steephill Dam through the Badlands to Highway 17 just outside of Wawa.
Michipicoten Island: the island floats in Lake Superior about 60 km west from Wawa. Plan on a week to circumnavigate.
Michipicoten River: If you have 3 weeks, paddle north and east following the Michipicoten/Missinabie to James Bay., or follow overnight or half day tours down river finishing at Lake Superior.
Obatanga Park Canoe Route: a 3 day to 5 day canoe route begins at Hammer Lake, just north of the Park and extends through the University, Obatanga, Knife, Crayfish and West Kabenung Lakes finishing just south of the Park.
Pukaskwa River Canoe Route: a favourite of Bill Mason, a spring river route a trip for experienced white water paddlers only.
Sand River Canoe Route: a 5 day trip covers 56 km from Sand Lake to Lake Superior, all within Lake Superior Provincial Park.
Lake Superior Park Coast: one to five day trip options are possible.
Michipicoten Harbour: a day trip that can feature a visit to Driftwood, Long and Sandy beaches, the Lighthouse at Perkwakwia Point.
Pukaskwa Coast: a 10 – 14 day trip typically begins at Hattie Cove in Pukaskwa National Park and finishes at Michipicoten Harbour, near Wawa.
Wawa Lake: spend a day paddling on Wawa Lake. The spring fed lake is about 10 km long and half a KM wide. There are numerous secluded spots where you can fish, enjoy a lunch and a refreshing swim in our crystal clear waters.
Marathons: Wawa holds two different events, a selection of marathons – “The Black Fly“, and a Wawa Triathlon & Duathlon in early August.
Many of the activities that you can enjoy in both Spring and Summer can be enjoyed in the Fall. One beautiful feature is the fall colours. If you are travelling from Sault Ste. Marie to Wawa, you can watch the colours change from the rich reds of the maples, to the vibrant yellows of the birches, interspersed with the red berries of the Mountain Ash. Then once the trees have all lost their leaves, the bright yellow of the Tamarack can be seen.
Snowmobiling: The Wawa area features over 800 kilometres (500 miles) of groomed trails which take enthusiasts across frozen lakes, around mountains, and through wooded valleys.
Please remember that in order to use the OFSC trail system you do require a permit. Permits are available online at www.ofsc.ca.
- – Snowmobiles are not allowed on Mission Road or Broadway Avenue except to cross at intersections only.
- – Speed limit is 20 km/hr (13 mi/hr) in town – 50 km/hr (32 mi/hr) maximum speed on trails.
- – Snowmobiles are not allowed on sidewalks, in parks, cemeteries, schoolyards or private properties.
Wawa Winter Carnival (late February)
Wawa Ice Fishing Derby (first weekend in March)