Roadside Attractions on the Lake Superior Circle Tour!
The Lake Superior Circle Tour is full of wonderful and creative roadside attractions! Some stem from memorable stories and community figures while others were built simply for fun. No trip around Lake Superior would be complete without visiting at least some of these awe inspiring attractions. You won’t want to forget your camera as these roadside wonders are the perfect opportunity to capture some memories that will last a life time!
The Pickle Barrel House Museum is located in Grand Marais, MI. Resembling two barrels, this quirky museum was originally built in 1926 as a summer home for William Donahey, the cartoonist of the Chicago Tribune’s “Teenie Weenie” cartoon strip. The larger barrel is 16 feet tall (4.9m) and had two stories. The interior contains a 1920s era living area, pantry, kitchen and bedroom.
Santa’s Workshop is a gift shop in Christmas, Michigan. Standing in front of the store is a large Santa with finger guns pointed up in the air. Behind the shop travelers will find a large cut out of the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe!
Phil the Window Washer is a sculpture in Marquette, Michigan. This sculpture was erected in memory of a local community member who would clean the windows of local businesses. He never accepted compensation.
Da Yoopers Tourist Trap is a goods shop located in Ishpeming, Michigan. It boasts six different roadside attractions including Gravel Gertie, Big Gus, Big Ernie, Da Man Camp, Christine on Steroids, and Eddy Da Wood Burning Tractor.
The Nee-Gaw-Nee-Gaw-Bow is a carved Chippewa Indian head. It’s name translates to Leading Man. It is one of the sculptures that make up the Trail of Whispering Giants.
Found in Ironwood, Michigan the Big Stormy Kromer Cap can be found at the Stormy Kromer Store. This roadside attraction has been fashioned after a cap George “Stormy” Kromer had his wife alter so it wouldn’t blow off while working in the wind.
The Terry Fox Memorial Statue is one of the most famous roadside attractions along the Circle Tour and in all of Canada. It can be found at the Thunder Bay Visitor Information Centre overlooking Lake Superior and the Sleeping Giant.
The Pine Crest Totem Pole can be found in Nipigon, Ontario at the Pinecrest Motel beside the local Tim Hortons on the highway. It showcases 9 different people/animals and has become an iconic attraction in Nipigon.
The Paddle-to-the-Sea park, including the paddle-to-the-sea statue and waterfall, can be found in downtown Nipigon in Ontario’s Superior Country Region. The park also has a splash pad making it a great spot to take photos and cool off!
Climb aboard the Schreiber Railway Museum, a refurbished 1953 train car and learn about this towns history. Schreiber was founded in the 1880s as a railway construction camp so the train car museum it is quite fitting as a tribute to its history.
The Terrace Bay Lighthouse is a 50 foot (15.2 m) tall replica of the lighthouse on the Slate Islands Provincial Park. Visitors are able to go inside and climb the stairs to the top where there is an observation deck equipped with a coin operated telescope.
White River, in Ontario’s Algoma Country Region of the Circle Tour is home to Winnie the Pooh. White River is the birthplace of the original bear cub that become the beloved Winnie the Pooh Character that we all know and love today! The statue is located in the Winnie the Pooh Park.
Another of the most famous Lake Superior Roadside Attractions is the Wawa Goose. It sits in front of the Tourist Information Centre in Wawa, Ontario. The Goose has recently been replaced with an all new model. This is definitely a place you will want to stop on your Lake Superior Circle Tour to take a photo!
Standing outside Young’s General Store you’ll find what was once the Original Wawa Goose until it was replaced and surpassed by an even larger goose in 1963. It was replaced a third time as the latest Goose at the Wawa Visitor Centre. Wawa is Ojibwa for “wild goose” and the goose has long been a beloved mascot of the town.
Beardmore’s Snowman can be found just off of Lake Superior on the Lake Superior Circle Tour alternate Greenstone Route in Ontario’s Superior Country Region. In the summer he can be seen holding a fishing rod while in the winter he switches things up and holds his curling broom. At 35 feet this is one snowman you won’t want to miss!
At the Longlac Tourist Information Centre, on the Lake Superior Circle Tour’s alternate Greenstone Route, in Ontario’s Superior Country Region you will find a Horse Pulling Logs. It is a life sized roadside attraction that makes for a great photo opportunity!
There you have it. These Lake Superior Roadside attractions can all be found on the Lake Superior Circle Tour! To start planning your trip around Lake Superior try our online Trip Planner and order a copy of the Lake Superior Circle Tour Adventure Guide!