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St. Joseph Island
St Joseph Island Bridge.jpg
Highway 548 and bridge to St Joseph Island (seen in background)
Location Lake Huron
Coordinates 46°13′N 83°57′W / 46.22°N 83.95°W / 46.22; -83.95Coordinates: 46°13′N 83°57′W / 46.22°N 83.95°W / 46.22; -83.95
Area 365 square kilometers (140.9 sq mi)
Length 30 kilometers (19 mi)
Width 19 kilometers (12 mi)
Highest point Carterton (335 meters (1,099 ft))
Province Ontario
District Algoma District
Largest city Richards Landing
Population 2000

St. Joseph Island is a Canadian island in Lake Huron, near the mouth of the St. Marys River which connects Lake Huron with Lake Superior. It is the second largest island in Lake Huron (after Manitoulin Island) and the third largest in the Great Lakes overall, trailing Manitoulin and Lake Superior's Isle Royale.

St. Joseph Island has a year-round population of around 2000, and is connected to the mainland by the Highway 548 bridge spanning the North Channel of Lake Huron. There is another segment of Highway 548 that circles the island. The largest towns on the island are Hilton Beach and Richards Landing. Tourism is the primary source of income, while logging, maple syrup, and agriculture are of lesser importance. The island is a popular tourist destination, especially for residents from nearby Sault Ste. Marie.



St. Joseph Island's location at this vital gateway to Lake Superior made it important for trade with First Nations peoples and for defence. After Mackinac Island was handed over to the United States, the British chose to fortify equally strategic St. Joseph island in 1796. The British troops based at Fort St. Joseph captured the American Fort Mackinac during the War of 1812. After the war ended the fort was abandoned, but the site and remaining structures are now a National Historic Site, managed by Parks Canada.

Municipalities on St. Joseph Island

See also

External links

St. Joseph Island travel guide from Wikitravel


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

North America : Canada : Ontario : Northern Ontario : St. Joseph Island

St. Joseph Island, [1], is an island located in northern Ontario; this island had an approx. count of 10,000+ tourists a year.


Located in Algoma District.


St. Joseph's Island is the second largest fresh water Island in the world. Largest Maple Syrop producing area in Ontario.


Very popular camp "Cottage" area for Sault Ste. Marie and Mid-western American families.

Get in

St. Joseph's Island is connected to the mainland via a free bridge. To access the island, turn south from Highway 17 onto Highway 548.

Get around

The primary road system on the Island is based on early surveys, with crossroads every 1.25 miles (2 km). Many of these are still gravel roads, however, the local municipalities have been paving many of the more frequently used routes. (Hightway 548) is the major highway which circles the Island. This very scenic circular route covers just over 50 miles (80 km), and passes through Richards Landing and Hilton Beach.


Island Puddingstone Museum

Local Artists studio and gallery located in downtown Richards Landing


Fall Colours (september-October)

Adcock's Woodland Gardens


Visit Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site of Canada. Hike the trails, see the ruins,or watch brief historic film vignettes related to the site. A Parks Canada maintained site that has as its theme; The Fur Trade, The war of 1812 and the British Military, and the Aboriginal people in the area with whom the British formed alliances.

Wildlife viewing; Deer, Fox, Bald Eagle, Racoon, Bear, etc...

Maple syrop season breakfast (Spring)

Fort St. Joseph Ghost walk (August)


Mostly Fresh Fish

  • Ann's Cafe - Fantasic and well priced breakfast, good homemade bread. Located in Richards Landing.
  • Mom's Restaurant.
  • The Wharf.
  • Island Springs Golf Course Restaurant.
  • Hilton Beach Hotel.
  • The Dry Dock.
  • Kents Korners - Not a restaurant, but they have a really good bakery attached.
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