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3 Things You Can Only Do on Engineers Day (and So Much More!)

Posted on June 14th, 2017

There are moments in every life when a unique window of opportunity opens and only those who are prepared to climb through that window enjoy an incredible payoff.
We’re talking about things that come around only once a year. Either clear your calendar and seize the day, or pine away and wish for a second chance!
Engineer’s Weekend in Sault Ste. Marie is a time to see things and do things you can’t otherwise do. Here are 3 easy examples of things you can do ONLY if you make plans to be in Sault Ste. Marie on June 30th.
#1 – Tour the entire campus of the Soo Locks
This is more than the Soo Locks Park that is open all year. This type of access is only available once a year. Explore parts of the Soo Locks campus that can’t be seen otherwise. What makes it special? The exceptionally close proximity to freighters!

From 9 am to 4 pm, visitors explore buildings, walk across the Lock walls or gates, and explore the grounds!

#2 – Witness a Coast Guard water rescue

The U.S. Coast Guard station on Water Street will host an open house on Friday from 10 am – 2 pm, immediately followed by a helicopter rescue demonstration which will take place on the east side of the Museum Ship Valley Camp. Be there at 2 pm, or you could miss this:

And again, ask yourself, when was the last time you saw someone rescued by helicopter?

#3 – Explore a hydroelectric plant
But it’s not just any power plant – it’s this amazing piece of architecture, history, and technology all wrapped into one – the Cloverland Electric Hydroelectric Plant.

Built in 1902, the hydroelectric plant’s 74 turbines still generate power used in Sault Ste. Marie today and, on this one day only, you can stroll through the structure for an electrifyingly exciting experience! (Pun intended….) Open only on Friday, June 30, from 9am-4pm.

Cloverland Hydroelectric Plant Open House

These are just the once a year things that are taking place on June 30th; there are tons more activates taking place in the downtown.

Shop the local Arts, Crafts, and Family Fun Fair on the lawn of City Hall. There’s something for everyone at this outdoor fair. Crafts for the grownups, bouncy houses for the little ones, and tasty food for all ages. 

What’s the best way to get around you ask? Park the car and hop the trolley that circles the downtown during this exclusive day. There’s no charge to hop on and off the trolley as it makes it’s way to the event locations sprawled out over a mile. Even if you walk a lot, Engineers Day is a full day of walking in the fantastic weather (hopefully), and it can be tiring. Besides you want to save your strength for the evening activities.

Sit back with the windows down and the music up for the 3rd Annual Slashin Ashmun cruise night. There’s no charge for this evening of fun as you drive up and down Ashmun Street reliving Sault Ste. Marie in the 70’s and 80’s Get in the lineup and have a great time! 

Get a good night’s sleep because Saturday, July 1 starts early with the S.U.P. Day! Sault Ultimate Paddling Day is filled with competitive kayak races and leisurely floating fun on the St. Marys River. Register for events here.Soo Ultimate Paddle Day 2017

Don’t miss over 100 classic cars as The Great Race rolls into downtown Sault Ste. Marie for dinner and to talk about their historic road vehicles. Wander between the wide range of classic vehicles spanning numerous decades. The event is free and shouldn’t be missed! 

WAIT there’s still more! After you’ve explored the historic vehicles make your way down to Brady Park off of Water Street for the Canada Day Fireworks at dusk over the St. Marys River.

Whichever fun filled events you find yourself at take lots of pictures and remember to tag them #ILovetheSoo when you post to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.