The Great Northern Route

Twelve miles east of the St. Joseph Island turnoff lies the town of Bruce Mines, founded in 1846 around some small copper mines. As in the UP, and mining areas all over the world, many of the earliest settlers were unemployed tin and copper miners from Cornwall in England. Two smaller islands offshore from Bruce Mines are home to the pleasant Bruce Bay Cottages and Lighthouse (705/785-3473, C$85 and up).

Following Hwy-17 east along the lakeshore toward Massey, the landscape is generally flat with occasional rocky outcrops. Just west of the settlements of Spanish and Serpent River, you have a great view across the North Channel, an arm of Lake Huron, to Manitoulin Island in the distance.