Lake Superior Coastal Route

Planning a cross-province adventure? Check out the Ontario Parks Driving Routes.

Drive this renowned route between Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay along Lake Superior’s majestic north shore. Motorcyclists have discovered this “bucket-list” route.

driving map

Plan camping stops along this route for stunning views of Lake Superior including cliffs and beaches as well as opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Camping is not your preference? Why not purchase a seasonal pass and spend an afternoon at spectacular stops all the way along your route!

Parks you’ll want to explore en route:*

Batchawana Bay Provincial Park

Batchawana Bay panorama

The drive along Highway 17 near Batchawana Bay offers outstanding views of Lake Superior. And the park is a perfect spot to stop and immerse yourself in this stunning scenery.

Pancake Bay Provincial Park

Pancake Bay_Fitz Lookout_fall sunset_Panorama1

The park is located along the historic paddling route of the Voyageurs. Stroll  the beautiful sand beach or take in the panoramic view of Lake Superior from the Edmund Fitzgerald Lookout.

Lake Superior Provincial Park

Lake Superior

Camp amid spectacular scenery, and take advantage of world-class hiking and paddling along the Lake Superior shoreline. Visit the Agawa Rock Pictographs, one of the few pictograph sites in Ontario accessible by foot.

Potholes Provincial Park (day-use park)

Potholes waterfall

A convenient picnic stop along Highway 101 — why not eat lunch in an ancient glacial valley? A short walking trail takes you through distinctive bedrock scenery including miniature waterfalls and boreal forest.

White Lake Provincial Park


The 6,500 ha White Lake is one of the largest lakes on the Lake Superior Circle Route, and boasts excellent walleye and northern pike fishing. The park’s expanse of boreal forest also offers top-quality birding opportunities.

Neys Provincial Park

Pic Island

See Pic Island as it was immortalized on canvas by Lawren Harris of the famous Canadian painting team, The Group of Seven.

Rainbow Falls Provincial Park

Rainbow Falls shoreline

Shake out the cobwebs with a hike along the Casque Isle Trail, or camp along the rugged shore of Lake Superior at the Rossport Campground location.

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

Sea Lion at Sleeping Giant P.P.

Hike out to the Sea Lion and listen to the waves crash against the cliffs on the Lake Superior shoreline. Full service cabins and a conference centre are available for rent from September to mid-June

Ouimet Canyon Provincial Park (day-use park)

Ouimet Canyon

Enjoy a picnic atop Ontario’s Grand Canyon! A trail and boardwalk connect two lookout platforms.

Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park

Kakabeka Falls

Pull off the highway to explore the second highest waterfall in Ontario.

For further information on this route, click here.

*check park opening and closing dates to ensure availability.