Soo Locks Engineer’s Weekend 2018

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


June 29, 2018
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.

Tour the Cloverland Electric Cooperative Hydroelectric Plant 9 AM to 4 PMis20-1434720244-96126

Powerhouse-June 29, 2018, 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 USCG BISCAYNE BAY. Additionally, there will be a U.S. Coast Guard rescue demonstration, helicopters, and more.

U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Demo 2:00PM

This life-saving rescue demonstration will take place on the east side of the Museum Ship Valley Camp.

Slashin’ 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.

SATURDAY, June 23, 2018

International Bridge Walk 

Lace up your sneakers and bring your camera for a scenic 2.8-mile walk from Sault Michigan to Sault Ontario across the International Bridge! The walk is free but you will need $4 per person for the return bus ride back. Passport or enhanced drivers license required for adults; children 15 and younger only need a birth certificate.