Sault Ste Marie, Ontario on the Trans-Canada Highway



Moose sculputre along St Mary River

Why Visit Sault Ste. Marie?

Located where three Great Lakes touch: Lake Superior , Lake Michigan (the route to the Mississippi), and Lake Huron. Hence, its importance to the early French fur trade, and in the War of 1812. And today, the St Lawrence Seaway takes iron and other minerals from Ontario's North and grain from the Prairies to the continentís industrial heartland. The Algoma region to the north features dramatic scenery made famous by the Group of Seven. The North Channel on Lake Huron gives great views across to Manitoulin Island. And many hop over the bridge and for some American shopping (have your passport with you).
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.

Wawa to Sault Ste Marie

Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury


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Sault Ste Marie Accommodation & Attractions

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsSunset shores Resort

Originally built in the 1930's, Sunset Shores was a thriving fishing lodge which soon became a popular family vacation spot nestled among stately pine and maple forests

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsLake Lauzon Resort

Lodge and winterized lake front Cabins, Open year round. 15 RV sites, boat launch, private beach. Fantastic fishing!

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsBruce Bay Cottages & Lighthouse

Escape to nature on two private islands and stay in a cozy cottage or the McKay Island Lighthouse. Complimentary canoes,kayaks,bikes and nature trails.

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsTwilight Resort

Twilight Resort is located on beautiful Lake Superior and fills the needs of any camper whether you prefer to tent, bring your RV or relax in one of our cabins. Our camp sites are available with or with out power and sewage hookup

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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 Travel & AttractionsWawa Print & Litho Inc (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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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsSears Canada Inc

Sears Canada, in business since 1953, is Canada's largest single full-line retailer of general merchandise and home-related services.

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsMunoscong Golf Club

Munoscong recently became an 18-hole golf course and has plenty of water hazards and traps throughout the course. The 15th is the signature hole, a monster par 5;but you also should watch out on the par 3, 183-yard 16th hole with a pond pro

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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 & AttractionsElliot Lake Golf & Country Club

19 miles north of Hwy 17. 9 holes measuring 3,104 yards, open to general public,driving range, golf pro, pro shop, licensed clubhouse, golf lessons, youth program

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