Agawa Canyon train tours run in the Fall Colours season and again in the depth of winter for amazing snow scenes.
The train is run by Algoma Central who also run the regular services from Sault Ste Marie to Hearst and back, a ten hour trip each way.
The Algoma Canyon trip is a little less than halfway and only takes about 4.5 hours to get there, followed by 1.5 hours in the canyon for walking the trails, admire the waterfalls and, of course, take in the fall colours.
Many of the best fall colors are seen from the train as the bigger maples grow in the more settled, fertile, land around Sault Ste Marie itself, or on the shores of the many lakes the train passes.
The train has a dining car, serving a full breakfast and lunch, and a snack bar car for coffee and lighter fare for those who prefer that.
Breakfast is organized by rail car, the crew announcing the car numbers as the journey progresses, but you can go for lunch anytime after breakfast ends around 11:30 am.
The Agawa Canyon train tour leaves at 8 am sharp so you need to be there at 7:30 to get a window seat, there's no assigned seating, and that advice is particularly important if you're travelling with a group that wants to sit together.
The day ends around 6:30 pm back in Sault Ste Marie so, even though the trip is mainly spent sitting at your ease in the train, older and younger people find the need for a nap during the ride home. Avoid that if you can, the evening sun brings out the reds in the leaves better than the morning sun, which was best for the yellows. You don't want to miss either.
In the canyon there are a series of trails and it's unlikely you could do them all in 1.5 hours so it is best to be prepared. Decide before you arrive in the canyon which trails you'll walk or your time will be lost in deciding.
The two longest trails, one to the Lookout (includes 327 steep steps), where this view of the train in the canyon is from, and the other to the Bridal Veil Falls are about 40 minutes each. They're also in opposite directions so you can't overlap them at all.
They can both be done, it's what we did, but then you can only fit in some of the shorter trails as you follow the Bridal Veil Falls trail, which also takes in two other less fancifully named falls, North and South Beaver Creek Falls.
You also don't want to miss this view. The Agawa Canyon train tour crosses the Montreal River on a high trestle bridge that can make you feel queasy if you have any fear of heights.
For more pictures of the tour, visit our page of Agawa Photos here.
If you've enjoyed this page, and you'd like to see more fall colours, visit our pages: Algonquin Park fall colors, Ontario Fall Colors, and fall photos.
For other Fall Colors tours, click -- Fall Foliage Tours.
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