Sault Ste Marie, Ontario's Top Attractions on the Trans-Canada Highway
Algoma Fall Festival
The Festival started in 1972 and has continually brought world-class performances and exhibits to Sault Ste. Marie. Many of these international performers participate in the Festival education programs for the students. The festival usually runs about five weeks long starting in mid-September.
Algoma's Farmers Market
Located in the parking lot of the Roberta Bondar Park Pavillion
Experience Ontario's domestic delicacies including pure maple syrup, baking, and fresh produce. The market also showcases many crafts, shrubs and flowers. Algoma's Farmers Market is open only Saturday starting in early June, in July to October it's open Wednesday also. The market closes Canadian Thanksgiving weekend (in October).
Art Gallery of Algoma
Located on East St. along the waterfront, just behind the library.
Exhibits of historic and contemporary art by, local, national and international artist. Committed to the advancement of Visual Arts in Sault Ste. Marie and District, Algoma Art Gallery is a not profit facility. The Gallery consist of multiple levels with the gift shop on the main floor. The Gallery is open Monday to Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Admission by donation.
Casino Sault Ste. Marie
Northern Ontario's first full time casino, opened in 1999. The Sault Casino currently has 30,000 square feet of gaming space. The Casino hours are Mon - Wed (9am to 4am) Thurs - Sunday (24 hours). Food and beverages are available. To enter you must be 19 years or older.
Forestry Canada - Great Lakes Research Centre
1219 Queen St E
Develops new methods for forest management, offering one-hour tours in July and Augsut.
On Great Northern Rd
This collection of stores, restaurants and activities set back in the 1800s. Look around in the park at the life size carvings, telling stories of different areas. There is also native Sculptures, Canadian Wildlife and much more.
Great Northern Fun Park
Great Northern Road, just north of Second Line
This challenging 18-hole outdoor mini-golf course takes you through a variety of obstacles. There's also go-carts, bumper boats, a video game train car and concessions.
(705) 942-2919 (Canada)
(906) 635-0540 (U.S.)
This Bridge connect Sault Ontario, to Sault Michigan. The Bridge was constructed over a two year period (Sept 1960 to Oct 1962) costing around $20 million. It extends 2.8 miles and reaches 145 feet above the St. Marys River. While crossing the bridge you can see the Sault Ste. Marie Locks and Rapids. Once a year they have the International Bridge walk where the Bridge is open to pedestrians. The toll for a single crossing of a car or light truck is $1.75.
Lock Tours Canada Boat
Departure from Roberta Bondar Park and Tent Pavillion off Foster Dr.
There are two-hour daily and evening dinning cruises available. You can travel through the widely famous "Soo Locks" which are some of the busiest locks in the world. During the tour you'll be raised and lowered 21 feet in the locks. The tour depart from the Roberta Bondar Park, and the season starts early-June extending to mid-October.
Northern Breweries Tours
Ramsey Lake Rd at South Bay Rd
503 Bay St.
(705) 254-7373 or (800) 461-2258
Brewing beer since 1876, the employees of this company bought it to become the first employee owned brewery company in North America. Free tours of the plant run through the summer months. Watch the brewing process from start to finish. Must be at least 19 years of age.
Sault Ste. Marie Cross
Standing on a hilltop near St. George Ave., it is the western hemisphere's tallest, illuminated, self-supporting cross. The cross commemorates a similar cross erected there some 300 years earlier. From the cross's location you can see a beautiful view of the "twin cities".
St Mary's River Boardwalk
From Great Lakes Power Plant on Canal Drive to the Municipal Civic Centre
Take a leisurely stroll along the St Mary's River, and stop at the various historic plaques detailing the city's history. There are also a number of observation and fishing platforms that extend over the River.
Spruce Haven Petting and Wildlife Zoo
2016 Third Line West
Sault Ste Marie, ON P6A6K4
(705) 779-2423 Fax: (705) 779-2424
Spruce Haven Zoo has a wide variety of native and exotic wildlife, as well as small farm animals in a petting section. The Zoo is located 15 minutes from downtown on a large natural site, with nature trails, picnic area, playground. Open 11am-5pm. Sunday 1-6pm.
Tarentorus Fish Culture Station
at the end of Fish Hatchery Rd, off Landslide Rd (between 4th Line and 5th Line)
This large indoor facility is run by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and rears trout for the Great lakes and inland waterways. The hatchery has a two-level self-guided visitor centre, with displays showing various aspects of fish culture 9the raising of them, not the theatre!). Visitor Centre open daily from 9 am to 4 pm. No admission fee.
red = downtown access from TCH | pink = express bypass