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 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.
The Echo Bay Elks Hay Days is held each summer in conjunction with the Canada Day weekend. The local organization offers: cribbage, mud bog competition, 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 for local residents. 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.
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.
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. A Lasagna supper also accompanies this evening of fun.
Throughout the winter months-groomed snowmobile trails, ice-skating and ski trails can be enjoyed.
The Village of Echo Bay can supply a visitor to the area with a full range of services including restaurants, fuel, groceries 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.
Windsurfing is becoming very popular during the summer season in the area. The OPP have designated this area of Lake George in front of Echo Bay as a safe area for windsurfing. The Township also has many good fishing spots, camping areas and hiking trails.
Near the Loonie Monument, come visit the beautiful nature boardwalk. With over 2200 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 Loonie 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.