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10 Must See Lake Superior Circle Tour Attractions

The Lake Superior Circle Tour  offers a spectacular number of attractions along its 2,000km (1,243mi) journey through 5 different regions: Superior CountryAlgoma Country, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Here are 10 must see attractions along the Lake Superior Circle Tour.

  • 1. Kakabeka Falls

    This Niagara of the north, situated only 30km west of Thunder Bay in Superior Country , boasts a 40-metre height making it the second largest waterfall, by capacity, in Ontario. The Kaministiqua River, which hosts this marvelous attraction, is a historic route to the First Nations of the region. It is surrounded by beautifully maintained walking and hiking trails that offer spectacular scenery to any Mother Nature enthusiast. Kakabeka falls is a must experience stop along your Circle Tour Journey and offers great camping, swimming, and wild life experiences!

  • 2. Paddle to the Sea Park

    Relive the adventurous and thrilling children’s book Paddle to the Sea, published in 1941, by visiting Nipigon, only an hour east of Thunder Bay in Superior Country. The park, boasting a range of twelve play stations, leads your family on an adventure from downtown Nipigon to its beautiful marina offering majestic views of Lake Superior and the beautifully constructed Nipigon River Bridge. This park is fun for all ages with story telling taking place at each of its locations. You will be sure to lose yourself in its great story. With a newly integrated splash pad this is a great place to experience while cooling off on your Lake Superior Circle Tour!

  • 3. Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

    This must-see attraction, located in the beautiful Sault Ste. Marie in Algoma Country, tells the fantastic story of Canadian Bush Plane  history through hands-on experiences and displays. With an all new children’s section, and many different and interactive exhibits, your family will be sure to have a great time while learning some great Canadian history. The number of things to do at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre  are uncountable. Your Circle Tour  wouldn’t be complete without a visit this attraction!

  • Agawa Canyon Tour Train

    All aboard! In the centre of Sault Ste. Marie, located in Algoma Country, sits the Agawa Canyon Tour Train Station waiting for your arrival and to take you on a journey of a life time. There is no better way to witness the beauty of Algoma Country then from your comfortable and relaxing Agawa Train. With a fully operational dining car you can take in a wonderful meal while bringing your mind back to simpler times. This is a great stop along the Circle Tour  any time of the year but is especially recommended during the fall for a colourful experience that will never be forgotten!

  • 5. Split Rock Lighthouse

    This Lighthouse, located in Minnesota along the Lake Superior Circle Tour  near Duluth, offers some of the most memorable views of the lake. It was from a November storm in 1905 that issued the need and eventually the construction of the Lighthouse which is now one of Minnesota’s most beautiful and best known landmarks. Through its restoration Split Rock Lighthouseallows you to travel back in time to the 1920s and experience Lake Superior in a whole new ‘light’! This national historic landmark is a must see during anyone’s Lake Superior Circle Tour!

  • 6. Great Lakes Aquarium

    The Great Lakes Aquarium , located at the beautiful waterfront of Duluth Minnesota, boasts a mission to inspire visitors to explore their connection to Lake Superior; and accomplishes that mission tenfold! This stop is a must for your Lake Superior Circle Tour  and offers a memorable experience for all ages with hands on exhibits, interactive zones, and live animal displays. The great experiences you will have at this excellent attraction will be a highlight of your Tour!

  • 7. Presque Isle Park

    Popularly referred to as Marquette’s recreational crown jewel Presque Isle Park  on the Lake Superior Circle Tour is defiantly a must see. This peninsula extends into Lake Superior with a natural beauty that is unmatched. Some Circle Tour travelers boast that there is no better way to experience Presque than a family picnic. You will enjoy a quiet atmosphere as you sit back and experience over 100 plant species, spectacular pebble beaches, and a beautifully rich forest. With a must-see marina and the beautiful Upper Harbor Lighthouse this piece of Marquette should not be missed along your Lake Superior Circle Tour!

  • 8. Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

    One of Michigan’s most popular attractions the Shipwreck Museum  offers Circle Tour travelers a glimpse into some of the dangers faced by those who traveled Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes of North America. Take a 56 step climb to the top of Whitefish Point Light Tower with a guided tour and experience this American Civil War Era Lighthouse. Full of history, great views, and fun times for the entire family the Great Lakes Shipwreck museum will be one of your most memorable visits along your Lake Superior Circle Tour journey!

  • 9. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

    With 12 miles of mainland shoreline the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will be sure to captivate every member of your Lake Superior Circle Tour journey. With world class boating, camping, hiking, sight seeing, and so much more you can easily spend days at this great national park. For the more ambitious, and those looking for the true Apostle Islands experience, you can make your way to the islands themselves by embarking on a cruise or by taking a water taxi. You will never forget the feeling of the complete beauty the Apostle Islands offers on the Lake Superior Circle Tour!

  • Copper Falls State Park

    Just off the Circle Tour sits the must do and see experience of the Copper Falls State Park . This nature lovers dream world will be sure to offer you an adventure of a life time. Witness canyons, streams, and even water falls in between a swimming and camping experience that you will be sure to never forget. With year-round trails Copper Falls State Park is a relaxing and rewarding Lake Superior Circle Tour attraction!