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Soo Locks Engineers Weekend 2020

The perfect itinerary of family-friendly activities awaits you during Engineers Weekend in Sault Ste. Marie. The last weekend in June has something for everyone: 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. No tickets or passes, just show up and enjoy!

  • Walk across the mighty Soo Locks’ walls
  • Stroll the Soo Locks Park
  • Enjoy the Arts, Crafts, and Family Fun Fair
  • Explore the U.S. Coast Guard Station

FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2020

Soo Locks Engineers Day 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM

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 to explore on their own self-guided tours 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.

PENDING The Cloverland Electric Cooperative Hydroelectric Plant Open House was canceled in 2019 due to the start of new construction of the Lake Superior State University’s Center for Freshwater Research and Education (CFRE). We are awaiting information for 2020.

Arts, Crafts, and Family Fun Fair 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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.

With over 40 high-quality arts and crafts vendors, favorite foods, and kids’ activities from bouncy houses and balloons to intriguing adventures, this should be a stop on your Engineers Day adventure.  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 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Explore the USCG Sector SSM Station on Water Street, a Canadian constable carrier, and the State of Michigan training ship.

A rescue demonstration will be taking place at 10 a.m. at the station along with a viewing of a USCG helicopter. 

SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2020

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 $5.00 per person for the return bus ride back. 

In order to participate, US and Canadian Citizens must comply with the WHTI (Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative) regulations, and have one of the following pieces of identification with them during the walk:

  1. Valid Passport 2. Valid Nexus Card 3. Valid Enhanced Driver’s License 4. INAC

Participants 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult and must have a copy of their birth certificate. It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure they have the required information. For full guidelines please visit https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/united-states.

Please bring a minimum amount of items to carry. No animals are permitted, with the sole exception of seeing-eye dogs.

For safety reasons, no roller-blades, roller skates, skateboards, etc. are permitted. Umbrella strollers ONLY.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Slashin’ Ashmun 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Far more than a car show and more than just cruising the town, this event is a throwback to the 1970s 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 Street. There is no cost to participate. Note this event is always the Friday before the 4th of July.