Any view of the Soo Locks is great, but the aerial view from the International Bridge is the best! The amazing opportunity to cross the bridge on foot is only available twice a year: a walk in the spring and a Half-Marathon/Bridge Run in the fall.
The International Bridge Walk steps off Saturday, June 24th at 9:30 am. For those who have walked the walk for many years, the 2017 walk will not be the day after Engineers Day, but a week earlier. This is to respect the July 1st Canada Day Holiday.
The great thing about this steady walk is it allows for photo opportunities that are difficult to capture during the run. The walk also allows strollers and wagons on the 2.8-mile bridge. The walk is closer to 3.5-miles from start to end.
There are no bicycles allowed during the walk, but riders get their own adventure across the International Bridge at 8:30 am. Be ready for a ride though, because you have one-hour to make the round trip.
All the fun starts at Lake Superior State University’s Norris Center located at the intersection of Easterday Avenue and Merdian Street. Please make sure to have your Passport or Enhanced ID for all walkers 16 and older. Under the age of 16 only need a birth certificate. Bike riders do not need either as they do not travel into Canada.
There is no registration or cost for the walk, but there is a $4 fee for each individual that rides the buses from the finish at Mill Market in Sault Ontario back the Norris Center in Sault Michigan. The buses will stop running at 12 pm Saturday afternoon.
Don’t let this unique once a year event pass you by! The view alone makes the walk worth the trip. Make plans to visit Sault Ste. Marie for the International Bridge Walk June 24th. After you walk the bridge please remember to post your photos with the hashtag #ILovetheSoo.