Located approximately mid-way between Parry Sound to the east and Thunder Bay to the west Sault Ste. Marie is a great stopping point on a car trip across Northern Ontario. In summer it’s also a popular spot for pleasure boaters to moor, thanks to its location between the scenic North Channel of Lake Huron and the rugged beauty of Lake Superior.
Regionally known as “the Soo”, Sault Ste. Marie has a population of about 75,000 making it a bit of a metropolis in Northern Ontario terms. But its importance stems from its strategic location between Lake Superior and Lake Huron and as a gateway to and from Michigan where I-75 begins to take US-bound travelers to Detroit and beyond. (See Dave Hunter’s book: Along Interstate-75 if you’re bound that way.)
But don’t just pass through Soo, there’s plenty to detain for a day or so that will leave you with a real flavor for the Northern Canadian culture and history.
A good place to park and orientate yourself is at the Sault Ste. Marie locks, where a walking route leads past the Roberta Bondar marina with its vantage point of boat traffic. Or you can wander over to the trails of Whitefish Island where there’s good fishing.
Back on the mainland, lies the Entomica science centre which houses one of the largest bug exhibits in Canada. Kids of all ages can freak-out and find-out.
Soo’s other big attractions provide a look at the surrounding wilderness from two very different vantage points. The brilliant Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, celebrates the region’s transport lifeblood, while and the Agawa Canyon Tour Train provides unrivaled views of some really outstanding local scenery, that’s at its finest in the fall.