If the adrenaline rush of exploration is what you crave from your next vacation, carve out several days for your Sault-based adventures.
With a beautiful park, Soo Locks Visitor Center, observation platforms overlooking 1,000-foot freighters, and a mesmerizing fountain, there is much to do and see and every last inch of it is free of charge
Start with an inside-out approach and spend your first day deep in the heart of the city of Sault Ste Marie. Soo Locks Boat Tours don’t just view the Soo Locks – live them! Climb aboard and let the friendly staff explain the history and function of the Locks. Ride alongside massive freighters and enjoy a snack or dinner on the water. Museum Ship Valley Camp a retired cargo freighter, complete with exhibits on Great Lakes shipping, fishing, shipwrecks and more. Tower of History at 210 feet above the twin Saults, the Tower affords the perfect panoramic view of the St. Mary’s River, Soo Locks, and Canada River of History Museum explore this expertly-arranged museum to learn more about Native Americans, French fur traders and others who settled the region from the “voice” of the River. Portage Avenue & Ashmun Street shopping, restaurants, sweet shops and more line these main thoroughfares. With a busy day of sightseeing, look no further than downtown Sault Ste. Marie for the sustenance you need to explore again tomorrow!
Nearby, you can enjoy the power and beauty of Tahquamenon Falls, the mystery of ancient paintings and the unique rock formations on Lake Superior’s cliffs, the oldest active lighthouse on Lake Superior and the unique Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point, or explore the back roads of the Hiawatha National Forest.
Just over the bridge, take the train ride into Canada’s Laurentian wilderness area into Agawa Canyon. Summer and Fall, you’ll be enchanted by the pristine lakes, granite mounts and rushing rivers that greet you at every turn of this popular railroad tour.
Adventure southbound and be transported back in time to the days of horse carriages and afternoon tea. Mackinac Island, accessible from St. Ignace by pedestrian ferry, is the perfect way to spend a day before returning to Sault Ste. Marie.
We also take our fishing very seriously. The St. Marys River is home to four species of salmon and spectacular steelhead. Northern pike, walleye, and small-mouthed bass provide great opportunities for sport fishing in our many lakes and bays.
Anybody who loves to hunt will love Sault Ste. Marie. The area offers a variety of game animals including whitetail deer, rabbit, bear, and several species of game birds