Soo Locks Engineers Weekend 2017
The perfect itinerary of family-friendly activities awaits you during Engineer’s Weekend in Sault Ste. Marie. The last weekend in June has something for everyone, including racing boats, spectacular vistas, unbridled power, and so much more. Best of all, it’s your once-per-year chance to sneak a peek behind the scenes at the Soo Locks.
- Walk across the mighty Soo Locks Walls
- Tour the Hydroelectric Plant
- Stroll the Soo Locks Park
- Enjoy the Arts, Crafts, and Family Fun Fair
- Explore the U.S. Coast Guard Station
Watch the video and get to know the excitement of Engineer’s Weekend!
9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
It’s the event that started it all – the one day when you can walk across the mighty Soo Locks walls and explore the buildings and special exhibits open only on this day – the last Friday in June.
Engineer’s Day festivities are held from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The gates are open to allow visitors across the Locks and into historically-important structures (Davis Building and the Administration Building) used solely for the work of one of the world’s busiest Lock systems.
Visitors are invited to stroll the Soo Locks Park, explore history in the visitor’s center and climb observation platforms as mammoth freighters ply the waters of the St. Marys River system. At the onsite Soo Locks Visitor’s Center new displays feature shipping and history themes. The exhibit “Ships of the Great Lakes” feature historic photographs and information on ships that have sailed the lakes since the early 1800s, including whaleboats, side-wheelers, steamers with barges, wooden freighters and the modern 1,000-foot freighters that can hold 70,000 tons of iron ore. “Sisters” is a display featuring those freighters constructed with the same plans and therefore considered to be sister ships. Several other displays are new this year, thanks to the hard work of the Soo Locks Visitors Center Association (SLVCA), a group of volunteers whose mission it is to continually update the center.
Powerhouse-June 30, 2017, 9 AM TO 4 PM visit this historic building
The Sault Ste. Marie landscape is blessed with a fantastic structure that is architecturally important, provides power to part of the city and has operated for more than a century. Best of all – you can tour inside! Read more about the Hydro Plant
Arts, Crafts, and Family Fun Fair 10AM to 5PM
Want to take home a souvenir, snack on locally-made goodies, or add a new piece to your art collection? There’s something for everyone at this outdoor fair.
2015’s Arts, Crafts, and Family Fun Fair was so much fun that the EUP Community Dispute Resolution Center, that coordinated the Fair, plans on doing the event every year! 2017 will be even bigger and more fun, so plan on over 40 high-quality arts and crafts vendors, favorite foods, and kids’ activities from bouncy houses and balloons to intriguing adventures. Count on local maple syrup items, traditional and creative handheld meals, assorted roasted nuts, and familiar hot and cold dishes. Awesome artistic media will include photography, oil paintings, charcoal drawings, hand-woven and other fabric items, furniture, glasswork, beadwork, and jewelry. Click here for more information.
U.S. Coast Guard Station Open House 10AM to 2PM
Explore the U.S. Coast Guard Station and the USCGC KATMAI BAY icebreaker.
U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Demo 2PM
This life-saving rescue demonstration will take place on the east side of the Museum Ship Valley Camp.
Slashen’ Ash 7PM to 9PM
Far more than a car show and more than just cruising the town! This event is a through back to the 1970’s when the young adults would cruise the circuit through the downtown of Sault Ste. Marie to see who’s out. This two-hour block is an opportunity for the young at heart to relive their youth and have a fantastic time. Join over 200 vehicles as they drive up and down Ashmun St. There is no cost to participate.
Soo Ultimate Paddle Day All Day Event
The Chippewa County Community Foundation invites you to join them for the first ever Soo Ultimate Paddle Day! This event consists of paddling races, family games, food, and fun. Float the St. Marys River with them at Rotary Park! Watch their website for race registration and float fees HERE. A limited supply of kayaks and paddleboards will be available for rent. However, it is recommended that you bring your own.
The Great Race Reception 5PM-8PM
Be a part of this amazing celebration as 100 antique car race from Florida to Michigan! Sault Ste. Marie is the last stop before they cross the finish line. As the cars roll into town they will line-up along Ashmun St for spectators to see and talk with the drivers. Come for the cars, enjoy the food, and enjoy the company a few hundred people as you experience The Great Race! Food and beverages will be available on-site, cost determined by the individual vendors.
International Bridge Walk Saturday, June 24, 2017
Due to the Canadian Holiday landing on a Saturday the International Bridge Walk has been moved back a weekend to Saturday, June 24, 2017. This is only a temporary change that will only occur when July 1st lands on a Saturday. In 2018 the walk will take place on Saturday, June 30th.