Fort St. Joseph is a Canadian National Historic Site.There is an outstanding museum and interpretive center near the site of the old fort that was built of limestone quarried from Lime Island.
The museum focuses on the fur trade and British military history.The fort was used to stage the attack on Mackinaw Island at the beginning of the War of 1812.There are no camping options at or near Fort St. Joseph, other than on Lime Island.It should be noted that international travel requires inspection at the designated U. S. Customs & Border Protection site located at the Drummond Island Yacht Haven on Drummond Island.
The Fort is open from Victoria Day (mid May) to the Canadian Thanksgiving (early October) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.For more information call 705-246-2664, Summer and 705-941-6203, Winter. Fort St. Joseph and Fort Drummond were both under British rule, and both dealt in the fur trade with early trappers and Indians. Fort St. Joseph was built first and larger and after the war of 1812 it remained in the hands of the British, where Drummond became part of the U.S.
Photo By J. Kelley
St. Joseph Island is a large island 28 miles long and 15 miles wide and is very close to Drummond (11 miles). If you look northward when on the Drummond Ferry you can see it. There are two villages on the island, Richards Landing and Hilton Beach, both with docking if you wish to visit. In the Winter you can follow the tree lined Ice Bridge by snowmobile to get to the island. In both seasons, by kayak, boat or snowmobile, St. Joseph Island is a nice day-trip. Click Fort St. Joseph Island Map to enlarge.