East: 11 km to Algoma Mills (green on map)
Heading east from the plaza on Highway 17 take Cobden Avenue and Turn right on Confederation Street, left on Queen Street and right on Leacock Street. Stop at Timber Village Museum which is worth a visit. Take a moment to look at the Lumberjack monument, visit our Tourist Information Centre, or relax at our park equipped with a playground and washrooms. Each Saturday morning in the summer this park bustles with visitors at the Farmers Market. Continue along the bike path found on the north side of Highway 17 until you see a sign, “Huron Beach Road.”
Carefully cross the highway to spend some time at “4th Sands Beach”. After a swim, return to the bike path on the north side of Highway 17 and continue east along the path to Woodlawn Drive, turn left on Oak Road, turn right on Beach Drive and follow Lake Road until you see a bike trail and hiking trail. Follow this trail system which will lead you to the Kennedy Road Subdivision. Travel up Frammpet Drive back to the highway and continue to travel east, along the south side of the highway, and cross the Highway at Birchwood Circle subdivision. Continue on the north side of Highway 17. Take a quick hike at the interpretive trail system near the bog on the south side of the highway. Further east are the remnants of the Algoma Inn, an old “watering hole” for the locals.
Continue past Wilson’s store along the trail near Lake Lauzon to the beach for a swim before returning back to Blind River. Or, for the more adventurous, cross the highway at Wilson’s store onto historic Highway 538. (A large tourist establishment was planned for this area where the train tracks are on the south side of the highway. Some stone cribbing can still be seen and shows where this tourist establishment was going to be built. The plans changed when the “government of the day” decided to change the western route of the railway to North Bay and then north to Cochrane and on out west to the present day Banff Springs Hotel.)
Check out the train memorial and harbour view, and then follow the 2.1 km. winding road along Lake Huron to a beach at historical Bootlegger’s Bay before backtracking to Blind River.
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