All About Blind River

Things to Do and Fun Facts to help you fit in like a local.

There are many fun outdoor activities and adventures in and around the community of Blind River. Excellent fishing for northern pike, walleye, bass and trout at fishing resorts, cottages and remote fly-in outposts. Being situated on the North Channel of Lake Huron means world-class boating and a full-service marina. There are beautiful sandy beaches for swimming, hiking and nearby touring routes. In winter, you can snowmobile, snowshoe and cross-country ski.

(Photo credit: Town of Blind River)

Here are some things to do and fun facts you may not know about this town.

Festivals and Events

The community hosts various events throughout the year for locals and visitors. Follow Experience_Blind_River (Instagram) and The Town of Blind River (Facebook) for events and festivals.

Spend a Rainy Day

Sometimes it rains during your vacation and you can't be outdoors. Here are some things to do that will keep you entertained indoors (or at least you'll need an umbrella).

Visit the Museum

The Timber Village Museum offers a look into the town and the area’s history.

TVM Museum (Photo credit: Town of Blind River)

Shop Local

What great finds will you discover at these locally-owned shops?

Blind River Downtown (Photo credit: Martin Lortz)

See What’s Going on at The Library

Visit the website by clicking here for programming, and special events.

Eats and Drinks

There are many locally-owned restaurants and food trucks to grab a quick bite, enjoy a leisurely dinner, or relax with a drink.

(Photo credit: Algoma Country)

Hike or Bike the Boom Camp Trails

(Photo credit: Martin Lortz)

This beautiful park consists of 12 km of multi-season trails perfect for those that want to hike and bike. The Boom Camp Trails include pavilions on the park's east and west ends. There are interpretive signs that share the stories of the area in French, English and Ojibwe. In winter, the trails are groomed for cross-country skiing.

The Waterfront

Check out the newly rejuvenated waterfront downtown. Kayak cradle docks are available free-free of charge from spring to fall. Accessible landscaping and pathways make this area a beautiful place to stop, shop, and rest.

Local Beaches

Sellers Beach (Photo credit: Martin Lortz)

A favourite way to spend a hot sunny day in Algoma Country is at the beach. Blind River and the surrounding area have beautiful sandy beaches perfect for swimming and picnics. These beaches are close to town:

  • Sellers Beach (Lakeside Ave) - accessible pavilion, changeroom, and restroom area. Benches are in place year-round, and cell phone charging towers are available for public use.
  • 4th Sand Beach (off Hwy 17) - no public washroom, ample parking, dogs allowed, change rooms available
  • Boom Camp Trails (off of Hwy 17) - parking area, public washroom located at the Marine Park 2 km from the trailhead
  • Lauzon Beach, Algoma Mills (off Hwy 17) - playground, boat launch, BBQs, changerooms, porta-potty
  • Bootleggers Bay, Algoma Mills (off Hwy 538)

Fun Pop Culture Facts

  • Singer Neil Young’s song Long May You Run, is a story about the end of his 1948 Buick Roadmaster Hearse named Mort. Young makes a reference to Blind River.

Here are the lyrics:  
Well, it was back in Blind River in 1962  
When I last saw you alive  
But we missed that shift on the long decline  
Long may you run.

You can read about the end of Mort in Neil Young's biography Waging Heavy Peace (Chapter 8).

  • In the film Anatomy of a Murder (1959), the character Mary Pilant was born in Blind River.
  • In the 1986 film Youngblood with Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze, the Blind River Beavers hockey team is mentioned.

Plan your vacation in Blind River and the area today. Find places to stay in the community at

About Algoma Staff Writer

Algoma Country is a spectacular 4-season vacation destination for outdoor and urban adventures. The region borders Lake Superior and Lake Huron and is rich in old-growth forests, and countless waterways.

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