Constructed in 1899 to facilitate the transport of raw materials to Sault Ste Marie's industrial plants, the Algoma Central Railway is a 475km stretch of railroad from Sault Ste Marie due north to Hearst. Nowadays, it transports tour guests through unspoiled wilderness along the pristine lakes and jagged granite of the Canadian Shield.

The Agawa Canyon train offers day trips north to Agawa Canyon in the rugged Lake Superior hinterland once painted by the Group of Seven, leaving Sault Ste Marie at 8am and returning at 6pm. The best time to ride is from mid-September to mid-October, as the train twists its way through jaw-dropping blazing autumn foliage for as far as the eye can see though the price jumps to $122 per person (including children) during this time.