Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie & Area
Friday, November 17, 2017

Batchawana

General Information

  • Location - Highway 17 North
  • Population in 1994 - 193
  • Access - Land

Overview

The main form of development within this community area is the permanent and seasonal shoreline residential development associated with the prized sandy shorelines of Batchawana and Pancake Bays. This is also home to the First Nations people who reside on Indian Reserves lands established as Obadijwan IR 15E by the Robinson-Huron Treaty. Seasonally oriented commercial developments, including restaurants, accommodation facilities (motels and trailer parks), gas and retail outlets cater to the needs of both the traveller and the destination vacationer. Logging and maple syrup production are uses of the hardwood forests.

This area also features three Provincial Parks. Included are Pancake Bay Provincial Park (camping and day-use), Batchawana Bay (day-use) and the newly designated Batchawana River Waterway Provincial Park. Both Pancake Bay and Batchawana Bay Provincial Parks are popular parks enjoyed by regional residents and road-weary vacationers using the Trans Canada Highway (Highway 17). Hikers, mountain bikers, ATVers and snowmobilers will discover much more by taking resource access roads into the interior. Tribag Mine Road is one of the most scenic and was one of the land-based links used by the 2003 North American Eco-Challenge participants. Adjacent to the road are scenic rapids and waterfalls of the Batchawana River together with the soaring rock cliffs and uplands of the Canadian Shield.

North of Superior Climbing Company, based in Batchawana, provides instruction, outfitting and guide service for both rock and ice climbing enthusiasts. The business has been rated as one of the six best rock climbing schools in North America.