A very rich cultural island teaming with history, flora and fauna lies within Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario just below the International Bridge with the St. Marys rapids flowing through it. This island is Whitefish Island that is a short walk across the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Locks. It is a historical site and was formed more than 2,000 years ago and it was an Aboriginal settlement. Trading was done on the island and was a major source of food due to the abundance of fish. In 1997, the island was returned to the Batchewana Band who maintain the island today.
The Attikamek & Whitefish Island Trails are a wonderful area to explore. At the crossing to the island, you cross and large bridge that leads to the Batchewana Band's sign welcoming you to the island. As you explore the island, you walk along well kept trails and will even pass the frames of a wigwam and tepee. For more history of the 22 acre Island, Active History is a wonderful article about the island.
Whitefish Island is well used for hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, jogging, family outings and many Aboriginal Ceremonies one being their fireworks each year.
The island is rich with migratory birds, water foul, fox, beaver, muskrat, fish, reptiles, eagles, owls, herons, and osprey.
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