The Sault Ste. Marie region is one such place that still speaks to our hearts. Sandy beaches and rocky coastlines lead to picturesque lighthouses, and engineering feats of man stand side-by-side with small fishing skiffs and buckets of bait.
One great attraction are the Soo Locks. They have been referred to as one of the great wonders of the world and are still the largest (& one of the busiest) waterway traffic systems on earth! Watching huge vessels pass through the Locks is a unique experience that cannot be seen anywhere else in the United States!
Whether for a weekend or a lifetime, come to Sault Ste. Marie, and let yourself step back and step closer—to your friends, to your family and even to yourself. You will be amazed at what you find in this wondrous part of the world.
Get a glimpse of over a 150 years of maritime history at the Soo Locks, where freighters, barges, tugboats and more traverse the 21-foot drop between Lake Superior and Lake Huron every day.
Tower Of History
Soaring 210 feet above Sault Ste. Marie and the Soo Locks, the tower has observation platforms for visitors to get spectacular views and photos of the world's busiest inland shipping channel.
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
This lighthouse stands where Lake Superior begins its treacherous rush into the St. Mary's River. With the 65 foot tower overlooking the water, this beacon is now a part of the Hiawatha National Forest. Visitors can climb 72 steps spiraling to the top for a breath taking view of Whitefish Bay and Lake Superior. Don't forget to Stop by the museum or gift shop that open May 15th through October 15th to grab a piece of history.
Museum Ship Valley Camp
Our EDMUND FITZGERALD exhibit holds the two lifeboats from the stricken vessel. Torn away during the sinking, these lifeboats are two of very few major artifacts recovered after the tragic demise. The exhibit also features an hour long presentation about the events that occurred on November 10, 1975 which caused the tragic loss of one of the Great Lakes’ largest freighters.
Soo Locks Boat Tours
Take a boat ride through the Locks, onto Lake Superior and under the International bridge, before crossing into Canadian waters. The tour is 2 hours long and is one of the top attractions in Michigan. So come and experience the sights and sounds of Sault Ste. Marie that you will remember forever.