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3 Things You Can Only Do on Engineers Day (and So Much More!)

Posted on May 16th, 2018

There are moments in life when a unique window of opportunity opens and only those who are prepared to climb through that window enjoy an incredible payoff.
We’re talking about things that come around only once a year. Either clear your calendar and seize the day, or pine away and wish for a second chance!
Engineers Day in Sault Ste. Marie is a time to see and do things you can’t otherwise do. Here are three easy examples of things you can do ONLY if you make plans to be in Sault Ste. Marie on Friday, June 29th, 2018. Engineers Day is always the last Friday in June!

Engineers Day Sault Ste Marie

#1 – Tour the entire campus of the Soo Locks
This is more than the Soo Locks Park you’ve seen that is open all year. This type of access is only available once a year. Explore parts of the Soo Locks campus that can’t be seen otherwise. What makes it special? The exceptionally close proximity to freighters!

From 9 am to 4 pm, visitors explore buildings, walk across the Lock walls or gates, and explore the grounds!

#2 – Witness a Coast Guard water rescue

The U.S. Coast Guard station on Water Street will host an open house on Friday from 9 am – 2 pm, immediately followed by a helicopter rescue demonstration which will take place on the east side of the Museum Ship Valley Camp. Be there at 2 pm, or you could miss this:

And again, ask yourself, when was the last time you saw someone rescued by helicopter?

#3 – Explore a hydroelectric plant
It’s not just any power plant – it’s an amazing piece of architecture, history, and technology all wrapped into one – the Cloverland Electric Hydroelectric Plant.

Built in 1902, the hydroelectric plant’s 74 turbines still generate power used in Sault Ste. Marie today and, on this day only, you can stroll through the structure for an electrifyingly exciting experience! (Pun intended….) Open only on Friday, June 29th, from 9 am-4 pm.

Cloverland Hydroelectric Plant Open House

Another special event happening this year that you can be a part of is the Native American Re-Dedication Ceremony at Brady Park at 10 am.
Re-Dedication Ceremony Sault Ste Marie, MI

Also at Brady Park, Kanava International, and Sault Ste. Marie will be honoring Vietnam Era Veterans at “Honoring Vietnam Veterans at the Soo Rapids“. This ceremony will take place at 11 am; all are welcome to attend. If you are a Vietnam Era Veteran that plans on attending please register HERE.

There are more activities happening June 29th to fill your day!

Shop the local Arts, Crafts, and Family Fun Fair on the lawn of City Hall. There’s something for everyone at this outdoor fair: crafts for the grownups, bouncy houses for the little ones, and tasty food for all ages. 

Sit back with the windows down and the music up for the 4th Annual Slashin Ashmun cruise night. There’s no charge for this evening of fun as you drive up and down Ashmun Street reliving Sault Ste. Marie life in the 70’s and 80’s. Get in the lineup anytime from 6:30-9 pm Friday night and have a great time! 


WAIT! There’s still more! After you’ve had an amazing weekend in Sault Ste. Marie, make your way down to Brady Park off of Water Street for the Canada Day Fireworks at dusk over the St. Marys River on Sunday, July 1st.

Whichever fun-filled events you find yourself at, take lots of pictures and remember to tag them #ILovetheSoo when you post to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.