Sault Ste Marie, Ontario on the Trans-Canada Highway



Moose sculpture 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).

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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 adn Sault Ste Marien Michigan.
Sault Canadian Locks Blockhouse

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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). DO BRING YOUR PASSPORT ON YOUR TRIP! We have some tips to help you with crossing the Canada-US border.

Wawa to Sault Ste Marie

Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury

Community Map

red = downtown access from TCH | pink = express bypass

Sault Ste Marie Accommodation & Attractions

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsSuper 8 - Sault Ste Marie ON

Centrally located, free high speed internet in all rooms, in room coffee, free continental breakfast, fitness center, suites available with city view, business room-conference room.

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsComfort Inn

86 units, with direct acces to groomed snowmobile trails, trailer parking. Free casino shuttle, in-room coffee & continental breakfast. Some jacuzzi suites with fridge & microwave.

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsQuattro Hotel and Conference Centre

Situated in uptown Sault Ste. Marie, Quattro Hotel and Conference Centre is in the business district and is located within walking distance to many restaurants and shops.

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsRamada Plaza Sault Ste. Marie Ojibway

Our landmark (1928) Ramada Plaza Sault Ste. Marie Ojibway hotel in the Lockside District offers comfortable rooms and easy access to nearby attractions. Dine in our two on-site restaurants

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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 & AttractionsSearchmont 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 Travel & AttractionsTanglewood Marsh Golf Club

A new and very scenic course is carved out of the forest, known for its wildlife and natural settings. The water hazards (marshy ponds) come into play on seven holes.
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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 & AttractionsBudget Car And Truck Rental

Budget has great deals on Compacts, Mid-sizes, Minivans, and Standard SUVs, even trucks for your move. With "Fastbreak" you have no lines, no paperwork, no signatures...and one-click online booking!

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsDesbarats Service Centre (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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