Sault St Marie, Ontario
Sault Ste. Marie Travel, Tourism on Lake Superior
Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada in Algoma Country is located in Whitefish Bay on the southwest shores of Lake Superior and on the banks of the St. Mary's River. The northern Ontario, Canada town shares a border with Michigan State of the United States.
The other smaller villages and outlying communities located, in and around, Sault Ste. Marie include Echo Bay, Hilton Beach, Searchmont, Batchawana Bay, Bruce Mines, Thessalon, Heyden, Havilland, Harmony, Richard's Landing, Mississagi Valley and Blind River.
The region's economic industries include tourism, renewable energy and forestry. There are forest research centres and green energy projects scattered throughout the region. Just 8 kilometres north of the community is one of Canada's largest wind farms.
International Bridge and the Sault Ste. Marie Canal Historic Site of Canada
In the City of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario there are two features which dominate the waterfront. One being the International Bridge hanging over St. Mary's River connecting the "Twin Cities" of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, United States. The other dominate feature being the waterway locks of the Sault Ste. Marie Canal Historic Site of Canada.
To delve into the history of the Sault Ste. Marie region one must visit the canal and other historical attractions like the local museums, Frontier Village, the 1950 Norgoma Ship, the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site, the 36.5 metre (120 ft.) high lighted cross and the Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site.
To sightsee and explore the community on foot one should visit the downtown and plan a self guided tour walking the waterfront promenade visiting with gift boutiques, restaurants, street entertainment and local attractions.
To explore the waterways of Lake Superior, Lake Huron and St. Mary's River one can book a boat tour. If a road trip is more your liking then visit some of the surrounding villages or venture out to the views at Gros Cap or take a quick trip north and visit the Lake Superior Provincial Park.
For a cultural experience when in the community attend a performance at the local theatre, outdoor pavilion or at any of the many special events and festivals. For those seeking an artistic experience why not visit with a local art gallery or artisan studio.
Sault St. Marie, Ontario Services and Amenities
Being a border town the community of Sault Ste. Marie provides many services important to travelers. There are border services, accommodations (motels, hotels, inns, cottages, cabins, B&Bs, fishing lodges, wilderness retreats, campgrounds) and restaurants, tours, guides, attractions, casino, gas stations, banks, grocery stores, laundromat, internet, library, post office, shopping malls, big box stores and transportation services (marinas, airport, bus, car rentals, taxi).
Parks, Trails, and Places of Interest of Sault St. Marie
The parks, trails and waterways most popular for recreation and adventure located in the area of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario include Agawa Canyon, Batchewana Bay Provincial Park, Bellevue Park, Fort Creek Conservation Area, Hiawatha Highlands Conservation Area, Pointe des Chenes Park, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Pancake Provincial Park, St. Mary's Island and Roberta Bondar Park (waterfront promenade walkway).
The popular summer activities enjoyed in the parks and throughout the backcountry of the Sault Ste. Marie region include golfing, camping, swimming, picnicking, sightseeing, birdwatching, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, scuba diving, canoeing, boating, windsurfing, kayaking, hunting and fishing for walleye, trout, whitefish, muskie, northern pike, perch and salmon.
The popular winter activities enjoyed include ice climbing, ice fishing, sleigh rides, tobogganing, downhill skiing and snowboarding (Searchmont and Buttermilk Mountain) and the xc ski and snowshoe nordic trails at Stokely Creek and Hiawatha Highlands Wilderness Preserve.
The local snowmobile club maintains over 400+ kilometres of snowmobile trails throughout the Sault Ste. Marie area. The local routes are part of the bigger, province-wide trail network exploring Northern, Ontario.