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).

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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.



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 adn Sault Ste Marien Michigan.
Sault Canadian Locks Blockhouse

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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). DO BRING YOUR PASSPORT ON YOUR TRIP! We have some tips to help you with crossing the Canada-US border.

Wawa to Sault Ste Marie

Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury

Community Map

red = downtown access from TCH | pink = express bypass

Sault Ste Marie Accommodation & Attractions

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsCanadian Motor Hotel The

Close to downtown, with meeting room / banquet room for 100 people. 35 comfortable spacious rooms with vanity & desks, free local phone calls, complimentary coffee in the lobby.

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsHarmony Beach Lakeview Resort (campground)

We have 4 wooded campsites - With water and electric hookups. Each camp site has a picnic table and a fire ring. A complete indoor shower/restroom facility is located next to the campsites.

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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 AccommodationsDelta Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront Hotel

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.

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Sault Ste Marie AccommodationsSunset shores Resort

Originally built in the 1930's, Sunset Shores was a thriving fishing lodge which soon became a popular family vacation spot nestled among stately pine and maple forests

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsMunoscong Golf Club

Munoscong recently became an 18-hole golf course and has plenty of water hazards and traps throughout the course. The 15th is the signature hole, a monster par 5;but you also should watch out on the par 3, 183-yard 16th hole with a pond pro

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsNational Car and Truck Rental

National Car Rental operates in over 3,000 locations, and operates over 275,000 quality vehicles that serve over 15 million business & leisure travelers annually.

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsLivingstone Creek Golf Course

This golf course is located in northern Ontario, a short drive from Sault Ste Marie

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsQueensgate Greens Golf Course

This golf course is located in northern Ontario, a short drive from Sault Ste Marie

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Sault Ste Marie Travel & AttractionsT and T Productions

Welcome to Sault Ste. Marie Michigan, home of the famous Soo Locks. We Offer Original Videos and Sound Tracks of the Eastern Upper Peninsula - featuring the "Bottom of the Lock" DVD.

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