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Experience Echo Bay

The Township of Macdonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additional is situated 30 kilometers east of Sault Ste. Marie and has many small communities within its boundaries that have plenty to offer its residents and visitors. 

The Echo Bay Elks Bay Days is held each summer in conjunction with the Canada Day weekend. The local organization offers: cribbage, a Canada Day celebration and beautiful fireworks.

Don’t forget to attend our FAMILY DAY in August at our Sportsplex Community Centre.  We have summer activities for the kids (swim lessons, water camp, adventure camp, etc.) and a mixed softball league.  Throughout the spring, summer, fall and winter, we have many programs running in our halls and Library/Museum. You will find skate programs, exercise and yoga classes, craft classes and many more events to fill your time and give you a chance to chat with friends.

To celebrate the Christmas season the annual Christmas “Parade of Lights” is held on  second Saturday in December at 7:00 pm. All floats in the parade are beautifully lit and decorated with Christmas lights. The evening also includes a tree lighting ceremony, a visit from Santa and caroling.  We kick off the new year with a Winter Carnival to brighten cold, winter spirits in February.  This event has a family skate, nail driving, log sawing, and many other fun country activities to test your skill and bring a smile to warm you up.  

The Village of Echo Bay can supply a visitor to the area with a full range of services including restaurants, fuel, and supplies.

The Township offers something for everyone throughout the year. In May, come out and enjoy “Echo Bay is for Sale”. The event includes 30 plus garage sales, a craft sale, home baking, etc. and allows you to spend a beautiful Saturday touring the scenic countryside while looking for your special treasure to purchase.

The Township also has many good fishing spots, camping areas and hiking trails.

Near the Loon Dollar Monument, come visit the beautiful nature boardwalk.  With over 1500 ft of wheelchair accessible paths to explorer, you will see some excellent views of Provincially significant wetlands. Along the way, you will find several rest areas with interesting information about the neighbouring wetland. Public washrooms are available beside the Environmental Centre adjacent to the Boardwalk and the Loon Park.

Our Environmental Centre -Water & Sewer Treatment Plant near the bridge to Garden River First Nation.  Tours are available upon request.

The “Time and Temperature Clock” with plaque, “In Memory of” a loved one or friend and also for “Donations” may be seen along the highway to mark the Loonie Monument and Environmental Centre area. More information on the Clock or how to donate may be obtained from the Township office at (705) 248-2441.

Our EKOBA Historical Site and Museum is located adjacent to the Municipal Office with our front facing Lake Street North.  We have been able to put together many donated artifacts form Pioneering homes and farms of our area. The Museum is open for the months of July and August, Tuesday to Saturday and by appointment anytime.  If you need more information or want to view the museum, please contact Ralph (President) at 705-248-1400,  or the Municipal Office at 705-248-2441.  You can also email ekobamuseum@gmail.com .

The Museum has reworked some of our spaces.  These changes increased our displays, we are creating an office and work centre currently.  If you are interested in our pioneers or their way of life, drop in for a visit us. – Ekoba Society

We have regularly scheduled meetings and are always looking for new members with new ideas.  Contact Trisha if you’re interested from the information listed below.

If you want to become part of this active group, you can become a member.  Membership cards are now available for two dollars by contacting Ralph McPhee (705-248-1400) or Trisha Daynard at the municipal office (705-248-1166).


The Township is home to the Loon Dollar Monument. The monument is located on Highway 17B in the Village of Echo Bay. The structure was constructed and dedicated in 1992. Mr. Robert R. Carmichael, the artist responsible for the creation of the Loon Dollar design, is a resident of the Township.  Two wheelchair accessible picnic tables are available for the enjoyment of visitors to the site.

On a sunny fall day the area can be viewed on a leisurely drive. The Circle Route, which includes Highway 638 from Echo Bay to Bruce Mines and around Highway 17 east, is known for its beautiful fall colours and picturesque scenery.

Throughout the winter months groomed snowmobile trails can be enjoyed.