Sault Ste Marie, Ontario on TransCanadaHighway.com



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.

Sault Ste Marie Neighbourhoods & Communities

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Sault Ste Marie Accommodation & Attractions

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsSleep Inn - Sault Ste Marie

The hotel boasts amazing views of the St. Mary's shipping channel, and provides easy access to many local attractions, including the Kewadin Casino, Sault St. Marie Charity Casino, Searchmont , Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsKnight Home B&B

This turn of the century home was built by Robert H.Knight for his eldest son Cecil and his wife Kristin. The present owner is the grandson of Cecil and Kristin. large multi-level deck, small sitting room with TC

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsBest Western Sault Ste marie

111 beautiful rooms. Some jacuzzi suites with fireplace & wet bar. Continental breafast, casino shuttle. Across from Cascade Crossings Mall.

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsKing Bethune Guest House Spa

KING BETHUNE HOUSE, Spa & Guest House opened as a European style guesthouse in 1992 and has been lovingly restored with ensuite baths in two keyed guest rooms and one spa suite.

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsHoliday Inn Express Sault Ste. Marie

Work efficiently from the hotel with free wired and wireless HSIA and a 24-hour Business Center. The US Corps of Engineers, US Coast Guard Search & Rescue and US Customs and Border Protection are all within two miles.

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsCanadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

Visit our 64,000 square foot hangar with over 30 interactive and hands-on aircraft exhibits, including two theatres, a Flight Simulator, and much more! Volunteer-driven, we are dedicated to preserving the history of bushflying & forestry in Canada.

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsSears Canada Inc

Sears Canada, in business since 1953, is Canada's largest single full-line retailer of general merchandise and home-related services.

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsHessel Ridge Golf Course

Opened in 1997, surrounded by amazing views Cheneaux Islands. Hessel Marina is 2 miles south, Kewadin Casino 1 mile north and Lindberg airport is across the road.

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsTekniques (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 & 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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