St. Joseph Island, Ontario, Canada
St. Joseph Island has been a favorite stopping point of travelers for well over 200 years. First Nations people have camped on its shores, fished its waters and hunted game for generations. In 1796 when Fort St. Joseph was constructed, it became Britain's most remote base in North America, a place where First Nation people and traders came to meet. As Canada opened up in the 1800's, hardy settlers looking to make a new life in a new land cleared the forests, built farms and communities and raised their families. Today, "the Island" is home to a growing number of artists and artisans, retired folks and families who are inspired by its natural beauty and tranquility. St. Joseph Island . . . a great place to be for a day, a week or a lifetime.
St. Joseph Island truly is an island for all seasons. Starting in January, there's our winter carnival, Flurryfest and hundreds of kilometers of groomed snowmobile trails to make to the most of winter time. Spring's warming weather starts the maple sap running and with it comes the St. Joseph Island Maple Syrup Festival and Maple Soiree. Summer is the busiest season with community nights, concerts, art shows, and Cornfest, St. Joseph Island annual celebration of the corn harvest. In autumn, Mother Nature turns the Island's maple woods into a symphony of colour and visitors come to take part in the Country Roads and Collage tours.
With so much to do, you're sure to have no problem making your own memories of a lifetime.
There's plenty for you to do on St. Joseph Island to make your vacation a memorable one. Visit the historic ruins of Fort St. Joseph and nearby Adcock's Woodland Gardens. The St. Joseph Island Museum is one of the largest in Algoma with 6 historic buildings and thousands of artifacts. Come and see how maple syrup is made. Spend a day on a charter boat fishing or an evening cruising amongst the island's many secluded bays. View Great Lakes and oceans ships as they journey up the St. Mary's River or swim at one of our many beaches. Play a round of golf or tennis, attend one of the many art shows or concerts, snowmobile across miles of groomed trails, or take in the fall colour tour . . . there's something happening all year around.
Horse - drawn carriage rides . . . Fishing charters & sightseeing cruises . . Golfing
Please note that it is the law in Canada for all motorized pleasure craft operators to have a valid boat license that can be acquired by taking a safety course and passing the boating exam.
St. Joseph Island is located in the centre of the Great Lakes at the mouth of the St. Mary's River. Our location provides excellent access to Lakes Superior, Huron, and Michigan and the world class North Channel cruising area. A bridge constructed in the 1970s provides convenient access to road travellers who'll find us located only 3 short kilometers off the Trans Canada Highway.
Whether you come by water or road, you will find travel in and around St. Joseph Island will leave you with memories of a lifetime.
Places to eat
St. Joseph Island offers a number of dining opportunities. Enjoy a meal in one of our harbourside restaurants, an all - you - can - eat pancake breakfast serviced by one of the Island's service groups or a gourmet picnic on one of the Island's many beaches.