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 AccommodationsSleep Inn - Sault Ste Marie

The hotel boasts amazing views of the St. Mary's shipping channel, and provides easy access to many local attractions, including the Kewadin Casino, Sault St. Marie Charity Casino, Searchmont , Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsDays Inn & Suites Sault Ste. Marie

Newly renovated Days Inn & Suites Sault Ste. Marie hotel, just one kilometer from the U.S. border. With its convenient location in the heart of downtown across from Station Mall, we are within walking distance of many attractions

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsParkway Motel

Fully-renovated Motel with complimentary high-speed Internet, refrigerators, microwaves, hairdryers coffee makers +. Smoke free, In some rooms we accept pets. Parkway Motel is two-diamond rated by AAA

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsAlgomas Water Tower Inn

Hotel has health club, pool, business centre, handicap facilities, cable TV. 10 meeting rooms 8,200 sq ft, computer networked & video conferencing.. Some rooms with suites, fireplaces, jacuzzi.

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsNorm's Tent & Trailer

Stay our our wonderful campground, and enjoy the great outdoors… see our website for details

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsSuperior View Golf Course

Superior is a challenging 3,200 yard, nine-hole course with distinctively treed fairways. The elevated, bent grass greens are large, averaging 4,000 square feet each. While some are flat, others are gently contoured, and all are well-manicured

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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 & AttractionsSoo Brewing Company

Soo Brewing Company produces beer that meets and exceeds the highest standard, our own. Our products are unique and innovative, yet hold true to the old-world brewing traditions of our ancestors.

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsLivingstone Creek Golf Course

This golf course is located in northern Ontario, a short drive from Sault Ste Marie

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsGreyhound Canada (Greyhound Bus Depot)

Greyhound Canada is the largest provider of intercity bus transportation in Canada, serving nearly 1,100 locations. It has become an icon of bus travel, providing safe, enjoyable and affordable travel to 6.5 million passengers each year.

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