Travel to the end of steel as you experience a 592-mile, round trip 'Tour of the Line.' Your excursion begins at the Algoma Central Railway depot in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where you will board our regular passenger service for a day-long rail adventure through the wilderness of Northern Ontario, as you wind your way to your overnight destination of Hearst.
This excursion combines the rugged mixed forests of the Canadian Shield, experienced on the Agawa Canyon Train Tour, with the boreal forests of the Great Clay Belt region. In marked contrast to the mountainous Shield country, the Clay Belt region, home to the lordly moose, is a combination of level coniferous forests and great inland lakes teeming with northern pike and walleye.
Unlike the one-day Agawa Canyon Train Tour, which travels non-stop to the Canyon, you will be travelling on our regular passenger train, a unique service that picks up and drops off passengers at any point along the line. Sometimes called the milk run, you could stop for any number of reasons on your journey. From people heading to their private camps, a wilderness lodge getaway, fishermen, canoeists, kayakers, ATV'ers or snowmobilers, our passenger service provides an ideal way for people to access the recreational wilderness of Northern Ontario. This is the same service that members of Canada's most notable landscape artists, the Group of Seven, travelled on in the 1920's, to paint this beautiful region.
Among the many points of interest along the way are the trestles at Bellevue Valley - Mile 19, Montreal River - Mile 92, unparalleled vistas of Lake Superior, the descent into Agawa Canyon, where the train coasts down 500 feet over 12 miles to the floor of the Canyon. As you exit the Canyon at Mile 116, you will pass through the 50 foot wide gap of the awesome north portal, where the rail line hugs the overhanging west wall and the Agawa River carves its way past the foot of the sheer east wall. You will also cross the transcontinental lines of Canadian Pacific Railway at Franz - Mile 195 and Canadian National Railway at Oba - Mile 245. Between Franz and Oba, at Mile 210 and 212, you will cross over the floating bridges of Squaw and Hoodoo Bay, on gigantic Oba Lake. These bridges are supported by pilings driven deep into the bottomless northern muskeg. Due to their construction and location, the Railway must perform maintenance on these bridges in the winter, when the lake is frozen.
On your arrival in the community of Hearst, you find the town a mixture of old and new. Visitors can experience a truly enjoyable French Canadian atmosphere complemented by quality dining and accommodations.
Back by popular demand we are once again offering the "CANYON
COMBO." Tour of the Line customers can explore Agawa Canyon
Park by booking the CANYON COMBO. COMBO customers check their
overnight bags at the depot - which will be loaded on the
regular passenger train - and then board the Agawa Canyon
Tour Train, which departs at 8:00 a.m. and arrives at the
Canyon at 12:00 p.m. The Canyon Tour is narrated and offers
full dining car service. Once in the Canyon you will have
approximately an hour and a half to enjoy the pristine beauty of the
park before boarding the regular passenger train and completing
your journey to Hearst.
Effective Monday, July 4, 2005 the Regular Passenger Train
(Trains 631 & 632) providing service to Hearst and Return
will become Smoke-Free.
Government legislation (Part 2 of the Canada Labour Code)
prohibits smoking in all federally regulated workplaces. The
primary goal of this legislation is to protect the health
and welfare of all non-smokers from environmental tobacco
All employees and passengers are required to respect the provisions
of this legislation and refrain from smoking onboard the train.
Should the company be fined, the dollar value of said fine
will be passed on to the person violating this government
YOU FOR NOT SMOKING