There’s a reason Lake Superior has been referred to as an inland ocean and you’ll discover that for yourself when you visit this immensely beautiful Great Lake. Called Gitchi Gummi or “The Big Lake” by the Anishinaabe and known for its furious storms, the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area will soon be recognized as one of the largest protected areas of fresh water in the world.

Featured things to do

Four people hiking.
Hike Lake Superior’s rugged North Shore

Discover views that will take your breath away as you hike the scenic North Shore of Lake Superior overlooking the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.

A sailboat on Lake Superior.
Sail into the heart of Superior

Explore the vast waters of Lake Superior on a chartered boat tour, view columnar basalts and archways, visit the site of the sunken Gunilda and discover the Slate Islands, Rossport Islands and Battle Islands.

People fishing off of a boat.
Cast your line in Lake Superior

Charter a boat, find a flycasting spot on shore, or head for an ice-fishing hole and you’ll discover trout, Chinook salmon, pike, walleye and perch all waiting for you in the waters of Lake Superior!

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Sites nearby

  • A person in the front of a canoe.
    Pukaskwa National Park

    This is Ontario’s only wilderness national park, defined by pink-and-slate granite shores, Great Lake temperaments and near-endless stretches of spruce, fir, pine and hardwoods. Biodiverse coastal regions—where wetland, lake and forest meet—are home to iconic Canadian species like bald eagles, moose and bears.

  • Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site

    Tour the Sault Ste. Marie Canal with an informative Parks Canada guide and you’ll soon understand the vitally important role this innovative piece of engineering made to water transportation in Canada. 

  • Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site

    Visit Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site, 92 km south east of Sault Ste. Marie on the southern tip of St. Joseph Island, to learn about the once-vital British stronghold on Upper Canada’s western front.

Hours of operation

The area is accessible year-round


Free admission. There are no fees for this site.

Contact us

Phone: 807-887-5467