Once a bustling Northern Ontario logging town, Blind River is now a hub for trail enthusiasts and a welcoming rest stop for visitors touring the area by bike, boat, motorcycle, coach or car.
Algoma’s wild and awe-inspiring landscapes that surround Blind River attract nature photographers and outdoor enthusiasts and its waterways are popular for fishing, watersports and boating. In the winter, its epic trails are perfectly groomed for snowmobiling.
To learn more about all there is to see and do in Blind River, scroll down or visit the town's tourism website.
Where is Blind River?
Located halfway between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie on the Trans-Canada Highway 17. Ontario Northland provides bus service to Blind River.
Things to Do in Blind River
Connected by highways and waterways, cycling and hiking trails, Blind River is a popular gathering spot on the North Channel.
Part of the legacy Waterfront Trail system, Blind River provides some much-needed respite for cyclists.
Hike, snowshoe or cross-country ski over 10 km of multi-season trails through coastal headlands and wetlands at Boom Camp Interpretive Park. Choose from three trail loops including an interpretive walk to learn about the logging boom and mining history of the area, plus take in some knowledge about its ecosystem.
In town, you’ll want to explore the beautiful waterfront and port. Get an in-depth look into the town’s history and the area’s logging past at the Timber Village Museum.
Blind River’s full-service marina is a popular spot for boaters who are setting out or returning from a full day of fishing. The waters are home to northern pike, walleye, bass and trout. In wintertime, there are plenty of accommodations and outfitters happy to arrange an ice fishing expedition.
Blind River Neighbourhoods & Districts
Blind River is a beacon for outdoor and water-loving enthusiasts. And when visitors switch from adventure to downtime pursuits, this waterfront town’s main thoroughfares delivers.
Downtown Woodward Ave.
Turning off Highway 17 to Woodward Ave. in Blind River brings you to a bright and cheery downtown core, where you can shop local, grab a bite to eat or just go for a stroll where you will catch glimpses of the river.
Blind River Waterfront
More than just a marina, the waterfront area in this town is simply beautiful. The full service marina is only a few minutes away from the Timber Village Museum and a short five minute ride to the Boom Camp Interpretive Trail System, where you can further enjoy the great outdoors.
Main Street Blind River
Travellers driving through Blind River on the Trans Canada Highway 17, are actually on Causley Street the main street of this town. With accommodations, restaurants, gas stations and the like, this main street is a welcome site. Be sure to stop and enjoy everything this community has to offer.
Things to Know About Visiting Blind River
Whether you’re still in the planning stages or you’re already on your trip to Blind River, it’s nice to learn what the locals know.
When to visit
Blind River is referenced to in Neil Young’s classic song “Long May You Run”, which is about his car “Mort” that broke down in the town on his way to Toronto.
Fourth Sand Beach (just off Huron Beach Road) is close to town and perfect for a swim and a picnic.
Where to view local art
Great pitstop for cyclists
After a long cycling tour, Blind River Marina Park is a popular rest stop for cyclists (as well as boaters) offering hot showers, WiFi and a grab-and-swap library.
What to Pack
Summer visitors will need bug spray, sunscreen, swimsuit, shorts, t-shirts, jacket, rain jacket, comfortable shoes, hiking shoes, beach towels, a map, a backpack, snacks and (of course) your camera.
Last updated: April 29, 2021