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 continent’s 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 AccommodationsQuality Inn Bay Front

Across the street from Station Mall & train station. Indoor Pool, whirlpool, sauna, and exercise room. In-room coffee and on-command movies, wireless hi speed internet.

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsBay Mills Resort & Casinos

This 144-room waterfront hotel is an intimate hideaway nestled on the shores of Waishkey Bay, in the north woods of Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula. It has a casino, 3 wonderful restaurants, a lounge, and a sports bar .

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsHometown Inn & Suites

five minutes from Lake Superior, Lake Superior State University (LSSU), Pullar Stadium, Big Bear Arena and Fitness Center (Chi Mukwa Community Recreation Center), the Soo Locks, Kewadin Casino

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsMinisinakwa Lodge

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

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsRiver Cove Condominiums

Each Condo Faces St. Mary's River, Nautical Theme Decors, Fully Equipped Kitchens, Washer & Dryer in each unit. Each Condo has a Garage w/Electric Door Openers

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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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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsKincheloe Memorial Golf Course

Referred to as one of Michigan's finest short courses, at retired Kincheloe Air Force Base. Many rolling sand hills and mature hardwood, make for a challenging and scenic course.

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsHuron Pines Golf Club

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

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsEnterprise Rent-a-Car

Unlike other rental car companies, Enterprise focuses on neighborhood markets. We specialize in renting to people who need a temporary replacement car or a vehicle for a special occasion.

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsChippewa County International Airport

Chippewa County International Airport is located in Kinross,MI 20 mins. south of the international bridge Michigan's only commercial service Airport in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

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