Sault Ste. Marie Travel Guide

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Sault Ste. Marie Highlights

  • Pro
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    BruceDunning says…

     A Nice short trip to see the Locks and some tour sites 

  • Con
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    beanie777 says…

     yes, dreaded security 

  • In a nutshell
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    Simonneeddy says…

     Worth the trip 

Sault Ste. Marie Things to Do

  • Soo Locks

    There are 5 of them and they were built in various stages and time frames. the Army Corp of Engineers maintain the locks and the area around them. There are 11,000 ships that come through the locks every year, and they can be closed at times during the winter months-November through March- due to ice. The ships carry 90 million tons of cargo, and...

  • Tower of History

    This monument was built in by Catholic Bishops in 1968 in hopes of attracting more constituents to the congregation. It was intended to be a Shrine to the Missionaries, but that program of having a large complex was canceled and in 1980, this concrete structure was given to the city. It is 210 feet high and has a panorama said to be able to see for...

  • Main Street shopping and eating

    The street only goes for 3 blocks, and ends at the canal that serves the Edison Soo power plant at water edge near the bridge. Yes, they have souvenirs and fattening candies. Many old style motels still are active and used for stays. No chain motels were in site.The Canadian side is more advanced in commerce and strip (nude)bars.

  • Edison-Soo Hydroelectric Power Plant

    It is the longest plant in US powered by a canal channel that stems off from the locks area. It was constructed in 1902 in expectation to use the 21 foot drop between Superior and Huron lakes at this juncture. It serves Sault st. Marie, and many areas in surrounding 50 mile radius, and has 69 turbines inside generating/capturing the power. The red...

  • River History Museum

    This is a nice and free museum that takes maybe 15 minutes to walk through. It does display artifacts from ships and wrecks. Also a souvenir shop is inside to enjoy.

  • Visitor Center Museum

    There is a very nice movie that lasts about 30 minutes describing the locks and history. They also have many exhibits and displays that describe the locks and show the water levels, and artifacts from ships. A very nice tour for free nee the Corp of Engineers.

  • Soo Locks

    There are 5 of them and they were built in various stages and time frames. the Army Corp of Engineers maintain the locks and the area around them. There are 11,000 ships that come through the locks every year, and they can be closed at times during the winter months-November through March- due to ice. The ships carry 90 million tons of cargo, and...

  • Holy St. Mary's Cathedral

    This church is from 1881, and was the mecca for worship for the Catholics that make up a large percentage of the residents here. It is next to the Tower of History concrete monument.

  • Soo Locks boat tour

    One of the ways to view the Soo locks is the boat tour. It is basically a 2 hour ferry ride that goes through the locks twice. It start East of the locks in Michigan goes through the soo locks once and past and underneath the Sault ste. Marie International Bridge. Then it continues on a river view of a steel production facility (Algoma). It returns...

  • Historic Sault Ste Marie

    Sault Ste Marie, founded in 1668, is the oldest city in Michigan and the third oldest city west of the Appalachian Mountains in the US (behind Santa Fe NM founded in 1609, and Green Bay in 1634?). The city, and its bigger sister in Canada, were founded by French missionaries, but they had to move their separate ways in 1797 when the chubby girl...

  • Soo Locks

    The Saint Mary's River connects Lake Superior to the other Great Lakes at Sault Ste Marie. This stretch of river had a natural set of 21 foot rapids preventing boat traffic, and forcing cargo to be unloaded in town, hauled down Portage Street, then reloaded on ships on the other side. The first locks at this location were constructed on the...

  • Side trip to Pictured Rocks National...

    Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is an area of about 15 miles of colorful sandstone cliffs along the southern shore of Lake Superior. The park actually extends to cover some 42 miles of shoreline, and it includes water falls, dunes, arches, caves, and trails. Some of the cliffs of Pictured Rocks tower an amazing 200 feet above the surface of the...


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Sault Ste. Marie Restaurants

  • Captain's Pub in the Ramada Hotel

    Upon checking into our hotel, we quickly found the pub downstairs. Despite the slow service we sat for an hour, had a few beers, glanced at the menu, then decided to return for dinner after getting our luggage in the hotel. When we returned for dinner, there were sports on all of the TVs, too bad they are all positioned in terrible places for...

  • Goetz's Lockview Restaurant

    While wandering out the locks and Portage Street this was the obvious place for breakfast: big windows overlooking the locks and lots of old locals filling up the place. We sat right by the windows and enjoyed the morning while sipping coffee and reading the newspaper-like menus. They had a wide selection of omelets including a few originals like...

  • Fresh baked Pita Bread

    Greek/American Cuisine. They don't make their Gyro meat on site but they do make their own pita bread. The food was very good.The restaurant is long and narrow with booths on both sides and a couple of tables in the front. The bar is in another room with seperate entrance. I had the Gyro and enjoyed the homemade pita bread. It was soft and warm...


Sault Ste. Marie Transportation

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    Tour bus

    by Simonneeddy Written Jul 19, 2004

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    We crossed the border into the Usa via the bridge and were greeted by a custom or immigration officer who came aboard and checked each one of us for proper identification. Some of us had passports the others had to show identification by means of driver's license and Health Insurance card (both have the required pictures) and a birth certificate.

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Sault Ste. Marie Warnings and Dangers

  • Be CAreful to CArry ID Over to CAnada-or...

    They have long lines coming back into the US form Canada, and it sits on the bridge. It looked like the trek may by a delay of 1 hour to get through US Customs. Going to Canada I do not believe is as strict. I-75 dead ends her and if you venture too far, you are caught up on the bridge, and may have to pay a toll to get back or turn around.

  • Be very careful with shuttles...

    I was staying at a hotel in Sault Ste. Marie and had a free shuttle arranged to pick me up and bring me to the hotel. A shuttle arrived, which the driver verified was the hotel shuttle. He took a ridiculous amount of time to leave (he was apparently waiting for packages) and took a leisurely drive back to the hotel, even though he knew I was...

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Sault Ste. Marie Favorites

  • Looney

    When in Sault-Sainte-Marie, cross the border to the North, and search for the tribute to the "Looney." It's about 10 kilometers East of Sault Ste. Marie (Canada), along the road to Sudbury

  • Soo Locks

    The 'Soo Locks' host large ships passing through to Lake Superior. This view is looking West, the USA on the left, Canada on the right.

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