Winter is ready…

There is a lot of fun to be had in Sault Ste. Marie’s winter months! Take four months of great snow, mix well with a wide range of activities, and the result is a winter getaway that is hard to beat! Accommodations and restaurants are plentiful, rates are economical, and you’ll find plenty of outlets for rentals, accessories, services, clothing, and all of the necessary items that guarantee a great vacation. Take a look at the activities below to plan your winter getaway, and be sure to check our calendar of events for the latest on other great wintertime events!

Preparing for Outdoor Winter Weather: The young, and the young at heart should be prepared for our winter weather. It can be dangerous if you’re not prepared for the sudden weather changes we experience here in Sault Ste. Marie.
Preparing for Safe Winter Travel: The Michigan State Police report road condition to assist in preparing for inclement weather.


Snowmobiling is undoubtedly the fastest-paced excitement someone can have in Sault Ste. Marie. With access to hundreds of miles of groomed trails, the Soo is heaven for snowmobilers. Click the links below for additional information:

Sledding & Tubing

Nothing beats the thrill of tubing at nearly 40 mph down Minneapolis Hill! Learn more about this Sault Ste. Marie favorite from one of our blogs. It’s a rush like no other.

Brady Park
Located on Historic Water Street
No Schedule, No Lights, Free of Charge

Sault Seal Recreation Area
Heated Chalet and Concessions On-Site!
Chalet: (906) 635-6961
Parks Office: (906) 632-5768

  • Located at 2601 Minneapolis St. (east of M-129)
  • Call 2 Weeks Prior to Book Hill for Groups See RatesTuesday-Friday: 4:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Various Other Activities Permitted: Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Sledding. No lift provided.
  • Tubing – 7 Runs with Two Lit Lifts for Night Use

Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing

This year, more than ever, silent sports are all the rage. Here are a few of our favorite nearby spots. Plus, check out our blog going into a bit more detail on area favorites.

Algonquin Ski Trail
W. 16th Avenue
9 miles of groomed trails
Lit at Night time

Chi Mukwa (Big Bear)
(906) 635-7465

Sault Seal Recreation Area – Heated Chalet and Concessions On-Site!
Chalet: (906) 635-6961
Parks Office: (906) 632-5768

  • Located at 2601 Minneapolis St. (east of M-129)
  • Season Varies Due to Snowfall
  • Call 2 Weeks Prior to Book Hill for Groups
  • Schedule:
    • Tuesday-Friday: 4:00 pm-8:00 pm
    • Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Various Other Activities Permitted: Tubing, Sledding, Skiing, Snowboarding
  • The Cross-Country Ski Trail Is Not Lit for Night Use

Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing in Sault Ste. Marie

Warm winters have curtailed many cold-weather pursuits in southern Michigan communities in recent years but in Sault Ste. Marie, we don’t have that problem. While the occasional warmer-than-normal winter causes ice to form a little later on area waterways, or sometimes delays snow cover, you can always count on being able to enjoy a weekend of ice fishing here where we know how to make the most of the winter months.

Winter Birding

The fields, forest, and water around Sault Ste. Marie attracts a wide variety of winter specialties that can’t be found any further south. This makes Sault Ste. Marie is not only the premier winter birding destination in all of Michigan but the best American winter birding place east of the Mississippi. Read on to learn about the best ways to go winter birding in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan.

More to do in the Soo (COVID Restrictions Apply)


Anytime Fitness – Sault Ste. Marie
(906) 253-0000
4422 I-75 Business Spur

Arbuckle Student Activity Center (Lake Superior State University)
(906) 635-6961

  • Day Passes are Available
  • Workout and Weight Training Facilities are Available
  • Racquetball Courts are Available
  • Dance Studio is Available by Calling Ahead
  • Rock Climbing Wall is Available

Chi Mukwa (Big Bear) All-in-One Fitness Club
(906) 635-4935
2 Ice Circle

Northern Life Yoga Studio
(906) 253-9644
529 Court St.

UP North Nutrition and Gym 906
(906) 259-7085
327 Ashmun St.

Hockey and Ice Skating

Living in snowy weather for nearly half of the year means our residents become very proficient at winter sports. The most popular of these sports is, without a doubt, hockey. Whether it’s playing or just watching, the Soo is home to some of the finest hockey excitement anywhere.

Click the links below for team information and ice rink information:

Chi Mukwa (Big Bear)
(906) 635-4758
2 Ice Circle

  • Skate Rentals Available
  • Olympic Ice Rink (100 x 200 feet / 20,000 sq. ft.)
  • NHL Ice Rink (85 x 200 feet / 17,000 sq. ft.)
  • 10 Team Locker Rooms
  • Pro-Shop and Concession Stand

Pullar Stadium
Call for Hours: (906) 632-5768
435 E. Portage Avenue

Taffy Abel Arena in the Norris Center (LSSU)
(906) 635-2602
1000 Meridian Street
Open Skating: Tuesday, Thursday,  and Friday 11:00am-12:00pm
Drop-In Hockey: Tuesday – Thursday 12:00pm-1:00pm
Fee $4 (Pay at the Norris Events Center Service Desk)