The Great Northern Route

Across the busy harbor from Michigan, the “other” Sault Ste. Marie (pop. 66,313) is a much bigger, much grittier, and comparatively depressed Canadian sibling. Fortunately, the main visitor attraction offers a quick escape from all the heavy industry. From the Algoma Central Railway Terminal, well signed downtown, the Agawa Canyon Tour Train (129 Bay St., 705/946-7300 or 800/242-9287, daily, C$91 and up) depart throughout the summer and early fall (fall color season is the prime time to come). These daylong train trips take you north through a roadless wilderness featuring narrow river canyons and spectacular views. An hour and a half stop above the canyon lets you get out and have a picnic or stretch your legs with a walk to a waterfall.