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Algoma Central Railway

129 Bay Street, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 6Y2, Canada
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Type: Scenic Drives, Scenic Railroads, Landmarks
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Owner description: It’s all aboard as you travel to the end of steel on 592-mile, round trip ‘Tour of the Line’ to the French Canadian community of Hearst, Ontario. Your journey 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 that combines the rugged mixed forests of the Canadian Shield, experienced on the Agawa Canyon Tour Train, 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.

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Richmond Hill, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

I'm pretty sure we would have enjoyed this a lot better if there had some colour left. It was pretty boring for the most part and the seats are really hard and uncomfortable. It's a very long expensive day with not too much to see. If you can't be sure of good fall colours I couldn't recommend it.

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Toronto, Canada
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

It was good, the lunch is expensive,so carry your own lunch, the view is good for pictures, go in fall- sept/oct , DONOT stay in Algoma Water Inn if you are a south asian, you might sense some racism

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London, Ontario
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68 reviews 68 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This is a must do in the area, I don't think it would matter what time of the year you did this trip, it was so nice to see the area from the train. The people that work on the train are very friendly and work hard to ensure you have a great trip, the stop is so beautiful, it... More

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Peterborough, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Trip seems a bit long because its hard to see much along the route. The trees along the line have grown very big since my first visit more than 25 years ago. The park itself is lovely and the view from the top is breath-taking.

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Loretto, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This day long excursion had the feel of a pilgrimage in that all the travelers shared a common purpose, viewing the unique scenery, which transformed strangers into a congenial company. Our car had very comfortable seats and extra wide windows. An informative video gave historical and geographical background of the area passed through at the appropriate moments.

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Richmond Hill
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is a great train ride to some of the most beautiful places in Canada. Perhaps not as posh as Orient Express but very comfortable and interesting nonetheless. Highly recommended.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The ride is expensive ($264 for four of us, 2 kids, 2 adults) and takes about 10 hours. The hikes at the turn-around point are great, but the ride is nothing special. The country around is beautiful, but you can't see much of it because the track were cut in a narrow swath between tree sidings. The trees are beautiful,... More

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Barrie, Ontario, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Beautiful trip. Good seats, big windows, videos explaining the Sault Saint Marie's history and points of interest. The staff were kind and willing to help and explain all the doubts we possibly had. It was good to know that we could take our lunch, but they also have a restaurant wagon, for an emergency! The trip is too long for... More

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Dublin, Ohio, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Since you are reading this review I'm going to make the bold assumption that unlike some who rated this trip as terrible, you actually like the wilderness and of course trees. If you don't like them, plenty of them don't go! We enjoyed the trip. It was relaxing, scenic and informative. The train was clean and the staff well informed.... More

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Stevens Point
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We had a blast on this day trip. The train was comfortable. There was food on board if you wanted to purchase it. They had no problem with you bringing your own food and drinks on board. Access between the cars was manageable. I would nit recommend bringing younger children though. There is not enough to keep their attention for... More

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