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Agawa Canyon Tour Train

Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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Laura A wrote a review Jan 2020
Sterling Heights, Michigan68 contributions31 helpful votes
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We went during the fall peak color season and it was absolutely spectacular. Here are some things you need to know... 1. This train has updated cars and older outdated cars. I noticed the nicer cars went to the large groups 2. Seats are grouped in fours. Purchase tickets in quantities of 4 or you will be sitting in close proximity of strangers for 8 hours. The fall color tour sells out every year so they sell every single seat. 3. The $10 food voucher that comes with each ticket will buy a sandwich, chips and water. You can bring your own food. 4. The train ride is about a 10 hour round trip. It breaks down into a 4 hour trip to the Agawa Canyon with a 1.5 hour stop then a return trip of 4 hours. 5. If booking the fall tour during peak season purchase your tickets in the spring. We tried to buy tickets in August and they were sold out so we waited another year and purchased them in the spring for the fall tour. 6. There is time if you hurry to visit both waterfalls and the scenic overview in the 1.5 hours allowed at the Canyon. We saved the 350 step climb to the scenic overview for last and I was the only one of our party of 3 to make it to the top after hiking to both waterfalls. We didn't spare much time, we walked fast, passed other guests, snapped a quick photo and moved on. I really wish this tour would allow 2 hours instead of 1.5. I was gasping for breath as I neared the top of the lookout (yes, it really IS 350 steps) and my legs were jello as I made my way back down. 7. Remember WHY you went on the trip. The views from the train window are truly spectacular. There is an automated speaker system that alerts you when a photo opportunity is near. I noticed several people dozing in their seats, they missed several photo ops. I took most of the photos here from the train window. 8. The seats do not turn around on the return trip. If you'd like to sit on the opposite side of the train you will have to ask to switch yourselves. We stayed two nights at the Watertower Inn in Sault St. Marie Ontario and extended our fall trip by touring Michigan's Upper Peninsula. I gave this review 4 stars out of 5 because I wish we had more time in the Canyon and because of the outdated cars. But this truly was a spectacular trip.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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needham1114 wrote a review Nov 2019
Weidman, Michigan16 contributions4 helpful votes
Great scenery love the ride, it would have been enough If it was only one direction.I would do it again.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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kam wrote a review Nov 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia2 contributions6 helpful votes
Not enough time to stay at site. Taking chance because of weather. Three days travel for one and half hours on site. Enjoying but 90 minutes Not enough time.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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KarenM1_10 wrote a review Oct 2019
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan715 contributions294 helpful votes
The doors on the train open 30 minutes prior to departure. Get there early to secure a spot in the front so you can select your seat since they are first come, first serve. It’s best to travel with another couple since the seating is 2 together and 2 immediately across from you so your legs are scrunched in and you have to share your leg space with strangers. The train ride was very nice. Good information provided and great views. There were great views on both sides of the train but the seats that are on the opposite side of the entrance door to the train will give you a good view of the falls, but nothing compares than seeing them closer when you exit the train. It took about 4 hours to get to the Canyon and 4 hours back. You have about 90 minutes of free time that you can spend walking to the 2 falls, climbing up to the observation deck (300 steps) or just sitting and having a leisurely picnic lunch. We walked very fast since we wanted to see both falls and also climb to the top of the observation deck. When we returned to the train we had about 15 minutes to spare, which we spent eating our lunch back on-board the train. If you’re not a fast walker, you will have to choose, which one you prefer to do; the falls or the observation deck. They have a food cart available but we purchased sandwiches the day before and brought a cooler with food/drinks.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Rajan J wrote a review Oct 2019
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Train ride was ok. Little bit snow fall they closed the lookout point. Full train can't someone clean up or use salt. Disappointed
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Date of experience: October 2019
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