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10 reasons to visit Sault Ste. Marie in 2021

Finally! We are near the end of 2020, and what better way to celebrate the closing of this year by beginning to make plans for all of the things we were unable to do the last 12 months. There may be 1,000 reasons to visit Sault Ste. Marie, but here are 10 great things to look forward to in the Soo in 2021.

The 2021 Michigan Paranormal Convention

Everyone’s favorite paranormal convention is set to return for Summer 2021! The 11th annual MiParacon plans to make the two year wait worth it. Presenters and vendors from the 2020 event will be setting up shop at Kewadin Casino for the 2021 edition of the convention. In addition, organizers are going all out and have plenty of surprises up their sleeves to make the 2021 MiParacon one for the books.

Explore Tahquamenon Falls 365 Days a Year

Tahquamenon Falls in the winter

The Tahquamenon Falls State Park is only an 90 minutes from downtown Sault Ste. Marie, with amazing stops along the way.  The Falls are also open to visit year-round, and each season brings its own version of spectacular!

Enjoy your favorite Soo restaurants

From the Palace Saloon to Moloney’s Alley to Clyde’s and the West Pier Drive-In, Sault Ste. Marie is foodie heaven. Whether you’re after a taco, hamburger of platter of whitefish, culinary lovers will have to make sure to visit the Soo in 2021. We highly recommend the perch sandwich from the Lockview Restaurant!

One Full Day of History and Mystery

Walk across the walls of the Soo Locks during Engineers Day Friday, June 26. It is your one chance to get this up close to these historic pieces of shipping infrastructure. Do you know what’s behind those historic walls?

Downtown shopping sprees

Shop the locally owned downtown Sault Ste. Marie stores for great items to take for all of your friends and family! Keep an eye out for more stores, shops and more opening in the downtown Sault Ste. Marie in 2021.  Keep up with us on Facebook for all of the latest information.

Be Here to See the First Freighter of the Season

March 25 at 12:01 AM, the first freighter of the new shipping season is allowed to pass through the Soo Locks gates! Be a part of the excitement with the other freighter enthusiasts on the observation deck.

Experience the Twin Soos from 210 feet in the Air

The viewing area from the top of the Tower of History offers a panoramic of the city.

Visit the Tower of History for a panoramic view of both Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Ontario. The view is pretty extraordinary at any time of year, but it is extra special in the fall!

Enjoy a Soo Locks Boat Tour Beginning early May 2021

Take a two-hour boat tour on the St. Marys River and through the Soo Locks during your next visit to Sault Ste. Marie! This leisurely ride is narrated by a real person that would be happy to answer your questions about the area. Get your tickets here!

Run for the Border…Canadian Border

War Memorial Hospital Sault International Festival of Races Michigan

If you start training now you’ll be ready for the 7.1 mile run across the International Bridge during the Sault International Festival of Races in September. No passport required for this amazing view only the ability to run to the Canada border and back to downtown Sault Ste. Marie!

Watch at least one of the 7,000 plus boats pass through the Soo Locks

The Soo Locks are among the busiest canals in the world, and you can stand on the observation deck in the Soo Locks Park to watch it all happen 10 months of the year.


We only listed 10 things you can do when you visit Sault Ste. Marie. Come to the Soo and discover the other 990 things when you get here! Be sure to share your photos of Sault Ste. Marie with us by using the hashtag #ILovetheSoo when you post to social media and to follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.