Rich in history and heavily influenced by the river that runs through it, Sault Ste. Marie offers a different perspective on The Inland Seashore. Situated on the southern shore of the St. Marys River, the community may be best known for the Soo Locks, an engineering marvel that allows ships to bypass a series of rapids that fall between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. The river’s influence ripples throughout the area, from the centuries-long presence of Ojibwe Indians to the modern-day maritime industry, complete with shipyards, marinas, and the Soo Locks complex. World-class museums tell the story of the region and public parks allow visitors to get a closer look at this active river and the Canadian community to its north.
Those who wish to dip their toes in the water will find a public beach, complete with amenities, as well as multiple locations where fishing is accessible from shore. For more fun on the water, the Soo Locks Boat Tours offers lighthouse cruises, lock tours, and an evening dinner cruise. Two local marinas beckon those who wish to travel by sea. Back on shore, a wide variety of restaurants, shopping, and recreational pursuits await.