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

Posted on May 15th, 2019

There are moments in life when a unique window of opportunity opens, and only those who are prepared to climb through that window enjoy an incredible payoff.
Engineers Day in Sault Ste. Marie is a time to see and do things you can’t otherwise do. Here are a few things you can do ONLY if you make plans to be in Sault Ste. Marie on Friday, June 28th, 2019. Engineers Day is always the last Friday in June!

Engineers Day Sault Ste Marie, MI

#1 – Tour the entire campus of the Soo Locks
This is more than the Soo Locks Park you’ve seen 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 experienced 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 9 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? 

We have even more activities to fill your Friday, June 28th!

Shop the local Arts, Crafts, and Family Fun Fair on the lawn of City Hall from 10AM-5PM. 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.

Sit back with the windows down and the music up for the 5th 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 life in the 70’s and 80’s. Get in the lineup anytime from 6:30-9 pm Friday night and have a great time! 

WAIT! There’s more!

#3 – Walk the International Bridge

Saturday, June 29, lace up your sneakers and get ready to walk a Michigan landmark. The annual International Bridge Walk takes a leisurely pace and provides spectacular views of the twin Saults, the St. Marys River rapids, and the Soo Locks.

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The walk starts at the Lake Superior State University Norris Center at 9:30AM and travels approximately 3-miles to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Each walker will need $5.00 for the return bus ride and proper identification for the International Border Crossing.

Credit MDOT

After you’ve had a fantastic weekend in Sault Ste. Marie, on Monday, July 1st 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.