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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.
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.
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.
red = downtown access from TCH | pink = express bypass
Here are a featured SAMPLING of hotels, motels, long-term accommodation, vacation rentals, lodges and campgrounds. For a complete (and searchable listing) use the red SEARCH feature at right.
Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
Just a short drive up M-24 from the major cities or just East of Saginaw, and only minutes from downtown Frankenmuth. We are located between Mayville and Vassar, just North of M-38 on Washburn Roa
Come relax on the quiet shores of Granary Lake in one of our modern house keeping cottages. Hike, fish, snowmobile, cross country ski, ATV tours. We are open year round.
This 195 room hotel has spectacular views of St. Marie's River, in the heart of the Sault St. Marie shopping and business districts. Cocktail Lounge and 2 Restaurants, business centre, newsstand & gift shop, car rental & limo desk.
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
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
TransCanadaHighway.com has lots of hotels,mnotels, beds & breakfast, long-term accommoodtion, and comprgrounds to choose form in and around Sault Ste Marie.
Here are some of the attractions, museums, historical sites, and sports activities to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
A small brewery with a big voice. Looking forward to serving you more beer.
This course offers a variety of different holes to make each round challenging. It is known for being the best in northern Ontario. A creek and several ponds come into play on five of the eighteen holes. The signature hole, number 17, is a
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
This golf course is located in northern Ontario, a short drive from Sault Ste Marie
We are clean and green. Savour a view of the famous St. Mary's River while camping under majestic white pines. Family oriented and only 10 mins. from downtown core and all amenities. Campground now offers WiFi access.
TransCanadaHighway.com has lots of attractions, festivals, tours, and things to see & do in and around Sault Ste Marie.
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