Sault Ste Marie, Ontario on TransCanadaHighway.com



Sault Ste Marie (pronounced "sue saint marie") is located between the two largest Great Lakes: Lake Huron and Lake Superior. The city overlooks the St Mary's River with rapids that used to be portaged by the early fur traders, which now has a canal with locks for the Great Lakes freighters. The city, called "the Sault" by its 85,000 Canadian residents, lies on the border with the United Sates (Sault Ste Marie, Michigan is on the other side, where locals call the city "the Soo", with American simplified --and unilingual --spelling), and provides easy access to major American cities including Detroit. The city is home to major industries, including Algoma Steel, and is a major railway centre for northern Ontario.



St Mary's Paper plant from the Intedrnational Locks Sault Ste Marie gives you all the excitement of the city with the adventure of the Canadian wilderness just minutes away! Head into the famous and picturesque Algoma Country aboard the Agawa Canyon Tour, where the Group of Seven painters drew many of their famous landscape paintings. Stroll along the St. Mary's River Boardwalk, take a lock tour of the world's busiest locks and enjoy a spectacular view of the city. The St. Mary's River also has some of the best sport fishing in North America.

Whether it's a visit to a park, an art gallery or the area's history, Sault Ste. Marie offers its visitors and residents lots to do every day of the week. Here are maps showing the most popular "must-see" attractions in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (see maps for west, east, and Michigan):

Sault Canadian Locks Blockhouse

Highway Notes

The Trans-Canada Highway has, in recent years, been rerouted to bypass the downtown and central business district. Most of the motels and hotels are along Great Northern, the main road north form downtown, which becomes Highway 17 north of Second Line Rd. There are a number of malls and plazas along Great Northern heading north/west and along Trunk Road heading east (including the city's largest mall). Sault Ste Marie's downtown core is quaint and has an old-time small town feel. The city has some interesting historical attractions, including the original canal and locks at this point in the Great Lakes. One of the best reasons to head into Sault Ste Marie is the International Bridge to Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. The US is best know for cheap booze (witch duty-free limits!!), cheap eggs and milk, and whatever else you find in the superstores on the south side of the border. It's just too bad most people don't think of bringing along their Canadian passport for a cross-Canada trip, but you'll need it to cross into the US.

NOTE: Because Sault Ste Marie straddles the Canada-US border, you will want to visit the attractions, museums and parks on the other side (of the bridge). We have some tips to help you with crossing the Canada-US border.

Sault Ste Marie Neighbourhoods & Communities

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Sault Ste Marie Accommodation & Attractions

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsSearchmont Resort

Non-profit facility boasting highest vertical and best terrain in mid west. Starting 2011/12 season, kids ten and under ski/ride FREE. Next to TOPS trail. Off-season accommodations are launch pad to great fishing, ATV'g, exploring.

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsDays Inn Sault Ste Marie MI

85 units including family suites. Fre continental breakfast, jacuzzie rooms, indoor pool & spa. Free local calls, 10% off at restaaurant next door. Free casino shuttle & cbreakfast bar.

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsCanadian Tire Stores

Canada's leading hardgoods retailer, offering consumers approximately 85,000 diferent Automotive parts and accessories, sports and Leisure, and Home products.

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsKeewadin Casinos Hotel and Convention Center

300 room hotel adoining 118,000 square foot casino, with 2,300 slots, roulette, blckjack, poke, keno. Hotel has pool, weight room, game room, restaurant, and 24 hr room service

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsKOA Camping

See the beauty of Northern Ontario at this 74 acre fully landscaped resort, set amongst tall trees, this campground offers spacious big rig sites with pull-throughs and back-ins, separate tenting areas, as well as rustic Camping Cabins

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsRock at Woodmoor

One of Michigan's finest signature courses. Designed by Harry Bowers, The Rock is hard to get to, but worth the effort. You can even rent new cottages right beside the course.

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsUnion Jack Brewing

We pride ourselves of creating premium craft beer that will be talked about after it's long gone. Union Jack Brewing Company is our dream come true. We brew, in-house, several varieties of our own hand-crafted ales

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsCanadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

Visit our 64,000 square foot hangar with over 30 interactive and hands-on aircraft exhibits, including two theatres, a Flight Simulator, and much more! Volunteer-driven, we are dedicated to preserving the history of bushflying & forestry in Canada.

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsRoot River Golf Club

This executive course, built in 1940, offers challenging golf play for intermediate to the most experienced of golfers. The course is well-treed and relatively flat, making it easy-walking. The mature trees come into play on five of the nine holes.

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsHessel Ridge Golf Course

Opened in 1997, surrounded by amazing views Cheneaux Islands. Hessel Marina is 2 miles south, Kewadin Casino 1 mile north and Lindberg airport is across the road.

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