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Agawa Canyon

Listed under Canyons in Ontario, Canada.

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Over a billion years old, Ontario’s Agawa Canyon is an ancient natural wonder. The Agawa River and surrounding forests have been turned into Agawa Canyon Wilderness Park, a protected area that is reachable only by foot or a special train tour by Algoma Central Railway. This day trip allows visitors to explore the wildlife-rich canyon while learning about its fascinating history at the same time.

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Written by  Sarah Clise.

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One must remember that when either taking the ACR Tour train, or using the ACR passenger train you are traveling through a wilderness. It is a harsh land to travel through, let alone to eek out a living as those 100 years ago. The falls colours if you catch them at peak can be amazing. But never the less it is a true wilderness view, and that is what attracted the Group of seven to the area too! One will not find clear urban type landscapes. Much of the trouble is people live such hurried lives that the slower pace of train travel through very rough country can be trying.

So when you take the train, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. When I go up there for my week long winter or fall trips it usually takes me a day to slow the mind down, but once out there it is hard to come back, and the Tour train gives you just a slight taste of what is now a forgotten lifestyle.


Agawa Canyon, more than just a train ride!

Here are two stories that I wrote one for the

Forest Historical Society of Ontario

Page 35 to 38

and the other for the Fine Art Society of Milton (FASAM) that I belong.

Pages 7 to 10

I hope you enjoy.


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Thanks for sharing these.

Agawa Canyon Train

In regards to our train excursion through the Agawa canyon, some of the scenery was breathtaking as we were approaching the 114th mile. However, most of the time it was quite difficult to view landscape due to the overgrown vegetation surrounding the rail path and so pictures were not worthwile taking. Also, when we did arrive to the canyon we were overwhelmed by its majestic beauty and were told that we only had 90 minutes to explore this magnificient scenery, which was the highlight of our trip. After 70 minutes we had only ventured as far as the lookout and were running out of time. So much to see and so little time! We were quite disappointed with this outcome. We would recommend a faster train and a lot more time at the park. If some of the vegetation was cleared it would allow for a better view.

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