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Destination: Sault Saint Marie

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Local Info and Resources:

  • History – Local Partner 1 Tour guide and historical perspective.
  • Nightlife – Local Partner 2 Private parties at local hotspots.
  • Food – Local Partner 3 Dining and reservations guide.
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Getting to know Sault Ste Marie

The two Sault Ste Maries (the “two Soos”) are located on opposite shores of the St. Mary’s River, whose rapids connect Lake Superior with Lake Huron. Both Soos are named after the French for “St. Mary’s rapids” (sault de Sainte Marie). The area functioned as a fishery, whose produce provided a major food source for the vast North American fur trade. Sault Ste Marie, Ontario boasts the oldest stone house west of Toronto, built by Charles Ermatinger in 1814; while Sault Ste Marie, Michigan houses the Operational Facility for the Soo Locks. Fun Fact: 2018 will be the 350th anniversary of Sault Ste Marie, Michigan!

Our All-inclusive Visit

Our visit offers you a choice between two excursions.

In Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, visit the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre to learn the story of Ontario’s rich bushplane and firefighting heritage. At the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Ste, you’ll find the oldest stone buildings northwest of Toronto – the Ermatinger Old Stone House and the Clergue Blockhouse, beautifully landscaped with period gardens. The discovery center depicts domestic and professional life from the 1800s.

In Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, visit the Valley Camp Museum Ship. Built in 1917 and retired in 1966, this 550-foot freighter is permanently docked on historic Water Street. It houses over 100 exhibits in her 20,000 square feet of cargo holds, including lifeboats recovered from the mysterious shipwreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald freighter in 1975.

Destination: Sault Saint Marie

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Victory Sailing Dates Which Call Here:

Local Info and Resources:

  • History – Local Partner 1 Tour guide and historical perspective.
  • Nightlife – Local Partner 2 Private parties at local hotspots.
  • Food – Local Partner 3 Dining and reservations guide.

Getting to know Sault Ste Marie

The two Sault Ste Maries (the “two Soos”) are located on opposite shores of the St. Mary’s River, whose rapids connect Lake Superior with Lake Huron. Both Soos are named after the French for “St. Mary’s rapids” (sault de Sainte Marie). The area functioned as a fishery, whose produce provided a major food source for the vast North American fur trade. Sault Ste Marie, Ontario boasts the oldest stone house west of Toronto, built by Charles Ermatinger in 1814; while Sault Ste Marie, Michigan houses the Operational Facility for the Soo Locks. Fun Fact: 2018 will be the 350th anniversary of Sault Ste Marie, Michigan!

Our All-inclusive Visit

Our visit offers you a choice between two excursions.

In Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, visit the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre to learn the story of Ontario’s rich bushplane and firefighting heritage. At the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Ste, you’ll find the oldest stone buildings northwest of Toronto – the Ermatinger Old Stone House and the Clergue Blockhouse, beautifully landscaped with period gardens. The discovery center depicts domestic and professional life from the 1800s.

In Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, visit the Valley Camp Museum Ship. Built in 1917 and retired in 1966, this 550-foot freighter is permanently docked on historic Water Street. It houses over 100 exhibits in her 20,000 square feet of cargo holds, including lifeboats recovered from the mysterious shipwreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald freighter in 1975.

More about Sault Ste Marie…

Natural resources are a major focus of the two Soos economies. Algoma Steel factories, as well as paper and pulp companies are the major employers. The Canadian side is also home to the Great Lakes Forestry Centre and the aviation services of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, which houses Canada’s fleet of forest-fire fighting planes. The American side focuses on hydroelectricity, with the Cloverland Electric Cooperative Hydroelectric Plant (build 1902), second only to Niagara Falls Hydroelectric when first constructed.