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).

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 AccommodationsWawa's Northern Lights Motel & Breakfast

Fabulous Rooms. Generous Free Breakfast 6 - 10 AM. Triple Rooms with 3 Double Beds. 3 Bedroom Chalets. Late Check Out - 1PM for everyone. Located 8 kms (5 miles) west of Wawa on Highway 17

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsDays Inn Sault Ste Marie MI

85 units including family suites. Fre continental breakfast, jacuzzie rooms, indoor pool & spa. Free local calls, 10% off at restaaurant next door. Free casino shuttle & cbreakfast bar.

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsWawa RV Resort & Campground

A quiet, rustic, private family-owned campground situated north of the town of Wawa, Ontario just off of Highway 17. A perfect stop on your Lake Superior Circle Tour, the campground has a boreal forest canopy, beside the Magpie River.

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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 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 Travel & AttractionsSears Travel

Sears Travel is a division of Travelbrands Inc. Together with our successful wholesale and retail divisions we strive to achieve best in class results on a daily basis, making us a force to be reckoned with.

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsRock at Woodmoor

One of Michigan's finest signature courses. Designed by Harry Bowers, The Rock is hard to get to, but worth the effort. You can even rent new cottages right beside the course.

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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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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsSault Ste. Marie Municipal Golf Course and Country Club)

Newly remodeled course, has magnificent views overlooking the Great Lakes and passing ships. This course is deceptively short, with small and undulating greens. Water hazards come into play on many holes. The clubhouse and pro shop have bot

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