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Ketchup or Gravy: A Pasty Story

Posted on February 22nd, 2019
Few things are debated more in the Upper Peninsula (UP)  than what to eat on your Pasty, but we should talk about what a Pasty is before we get to the all-important question. Chopped meat, potatoes and/or rutabaga, carrots, and onions are the essentials of a Pasty. The ingredients are mix… read more..

International Bridge Walk June 29th, 2019

Posted on February 20th, 2019
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 Wa… read more..

What is a Yooper?

Posted on February 5th, 2019
We wanted to know exactly what makes a Yooper so we asked our Facebook followers to share their thoughts with us. To our amazement, over one hundred people answered! Here are a few of the responses. Jeannie O. said it best in what could almost be a Yooper poem. “A Yooper is a person who is native to the Up… read more..
Sault Ste. Marie, MI Downtown Ice Festival

Experience the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Winter Ice Festival

Posted on January 2nd, 2019
Bundle up and head for downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan’s 4th Annual Winter Ice Festival January 25-26, 2019! Chainsaws, chisels, and blow torches are the tools of the trade for these award-winning ice sculptors. 
Spend the day wandering downtown to see over 50 ice sc… read more..

10 Reasons to Visit Sault Ste. Marie, MI in 2019

Posted on December 18th, 2018
There are at least 1000 reasons to visit the Sault Ste. Marie area, but here are ten really great things you shouldn’t miss in 2019! 1 Be a part of History Friday, February 1st
Line up in the World’s Longest Snowmobile Parade as Sault Ste. Marie attempts to break a Guinness World Record!… read more..
Ice Fishing in Sault Ste. Marie

Secrets of Ice Fishing in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Posted on December 5th, 2018
Warm winters have curtailed many cold-weather pursuits in southern Michigan communities in recent years, but here 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 cove… read more..

Behind the Scenes Winter Work at the Soo Locks

Posted on November 21st, 2018
January 15th the last freighter will pass through the Soo Locks for the shipping season; then the real work begins! Every five years the locks have to be dewatered and inspected. In 2018 was not one of those years but we have rounded up some great photos from past years showing what happens. Stop by the L… read more..

8 Historical Sites in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Posted on November 8th, 2018
The city of Sault Ste. Marie was founded in 1668, but there were groups inhabiting the area for longer than the 350 years we have been a city. If we were to write a story about all of the historical sites of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, it would be incredibly long and detailed. We will not be telling you the f… read more..

The Meaning of Sault Sainte Marie

Posted on October 17th, 2018
What makes up a name? Many people rarely stop to think about the origins of names, whether they be the name of a street, a company, an animal, or a city. Sault Sainte Marie, one of the most unique names you’ll find in Michigan, has probably left you stumped a time or two. We are here to help you solve this m… read more..

On a Mission for Great Fall Color in the Upper Peninsula!

Posted on October 2nd, 2018
We like the snow in the winter, spring takes forever, summer’s ok, but fall is our favorite season! Once you get north of the Mackinac Bridge, you really can’t go wrong in creating your own fall color tour, but timing is everything! If Mother Nature cooperates, we “normall… read more..