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OPEN FOR TRAVEL

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Border reopening

As of Nov. 8, 2021, the International Bridge connecting Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Ontario is open to the vaccinated public.

We know you’re excited to visit Canada (and we are too!), but there are guidelines to follow if you’re an American traveling to Canada or a Canadian traveling to America.

In Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, there are several locations that can provide Canadians with free PCR-tests that are required to re-enter Canada. Meijer and Walgreens offer these for free, Lake Superior State University has them available for a fee and other testing sites are available.

We know you’re eager to travel across the border, but we can’t stress enough how important it is to be familiar with American guidelines and Canadian guidelines.

If you have more questions please contact US Customs and Border Protection at (906) 632-7221 or Canada Border Service Agency at 800) 461-9999. Please be as prepared as possible for international travel and please have patience as we try to answer your questions.

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Michigan’s approach to reopening

Keep up to date with the guidelines here.

We’re so excited to have you come back UP to Sault Ste. Marie! We are proud to let you know that the Soo is open and ready for leisure travel. We want to thank you for the patience you’ve had and your continued patience as we all work together to enjoy this winter.

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What if I’m fully vaccinated?

If you’ve been fully vaccinated and are planning to visit the Soo, we’re excited to have you! While state and federal guidelines are changing in regards to masks, we still ask you to respect businesses’ decisions on if masks are required.
If you have yet to receive a vaccination, please abide by the health and safety laws in place.

Our hotels, local businesses and attractions have all been working hard to prepare for your next vacation. Operational and physical changes have been implemented with your health and safety in mind. When you’re ready to take a social-distancing-friendly retreat, you can be rest assured that Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan is the ultimate place for you and your loved ones to escape to.

FAQS

While we’re ready for you to explore everything that the Soo has to offer, before traveling you should be aware of the following important information:

IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL TO SAULT STE. MARIE?

Yes! Michigan is a leading state in containing and defeating COVID-19. While things aren’t back to “normal,” you will find that in the Upper Peninsula, things are more “normal” than many other parts of the state and surrounding area. We’ve prepared this guide to help you be a healthy traveler to the Sault Ste. Marie area and answer some of your questions.

WHAT IS CURRENTLY OPEN IN SAULT STE. MARIE?

*Please follow state guidelines here. Everything is subject to change.*

  • Hotels and lodging
  • Restaurants (including dine-in services), wineries and breweries
  • The Soo Locks Park
  • Attractions including the Soo Locks Boat Tours, the Museum Ship Valley Camp, the Tower of History and more
  • Our historic downtown area
  • The Kewadin Casino
  • Unbeatable freighter watching locations
  • Public hiking and water trails, parks and beaches
  • All state and city campgrounds
  • Golf courses
  • Gym and fitness facilities
  • Hair salons and barbershops

*Please check with individual businesses to confirm business hours, available services and individual guidelines

HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR A TRIP TO SAULT STE. MARIE?

To best prepare for your upcoming getaway to the Soo, follow these steps:

  • Start Planning
  • Order a FREE copy of the 2020/21 Sault Ste. Marie Visitors Guide
  • Follow the Sault Ste. Marie Convention & Visitors Bureau on FacebookInstagram and Twitter for up-to-date information on the Eastern Upper Peninsula and announcements for events being rescheduled.

FOLLOW HEALTHY TRAVEL PRACTICES

  • Please keep your distance and remain 6 feet apart at all times.
  • Social distancing is vital to keeping everything that Sault Ste. Marie offers open and available to the public.
  • As you know, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (or CDC) have advised travelers throughout the world to follow best-health practices any time when traveling.
  • These include wearing a mask when needed, social distancing, washing your hands frequently, and other common practices.
  • The best source for local public health information is the Chippewa County Health Department.
  • CDC – U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advice to travelers
  • U.S. Department of State – official travel advisories outside and within the U.S. are posted here