Let's Visit Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Sault Ste. Marie, MI is one of the larger cities in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The city is most famous for the Soo Locks, a collection of 5 (as of 2015) locks within the St. Mary's River which helps ships traverse the 23-foot drop (or rise if going toward Whitefish Bay). I also manage to watch one ship go up in elevation as it heads out toward Whitefish Bay. Also, I walk around the rest of the downtown area.
Plan Your Visit to Sault Ste Marie, Michigan
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan is one of the most popular vacation destination in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for some very good reasons. The Soo is a surprisingly diverse waterfront community and offers a wealth of things to see and do. With year round recreational activities, historical sites, the world-famous Soo Locks, Tahquamenon Falls, and spectacular lighthouses, forests and waters. And don’t forget there is some of the best fishing on the St. Mary’s River.
There is always something to do in “The Soo”.
Sault Ste. Marie Attractions Weekend | Pure Michigan
Free SSM Attractions Weekend, May 17-18, The purpose of The Sault Events, Inc. is to create events that will attract tourists and future residents to the local area and to attract community members to this area to enhance our quality of life. The group will develop working relationship with various organizations, non profit groups, service clubs and businesses with the goal of promoting community prosperity. Area maps of interest are located in various sections of our Web site. We have our Lodging Map above, Day Trips from the Soo, Shopping and Attractions Maps available for your convenience.
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Sault Ste. Marie: The City Where Michigan Was Born
Enjoy this video tour of the Soo - its museums, parks, natural wonders and more. Get a taste of what Sault Ste. Marie has to offer and then visit us! For more info, go to SaultSteMarie.com
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2003 Sault Sainte Marie is the name of two cities on the Saint Mary's River, which forms part of the boundary between the United States and Canada. The Sainte may also be abbreviated as Ste. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (population 74,566) is a Canadian city, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (population 16,542) is an American city. Formally founded in 1668 by Father Jacques Marquette as one city, then split into two in 1818 (when the Upper Peninsula was finally transferred from the British province of Upper Canada to the United States), Sault Ste. Marie has the distinction of being the oldest city in both the province of Ontario and the state of Michigan. Sault Sainte Marie is Old French meaning Saint Mary's Rapids, a reference to the rapids in the Saint Mary's River, which joins Lake Superior to Lake Huron. The two cities are joined by the International Bridge, which connects Interstate Highway 75 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Huron Street in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Shipping traffic in the Great Lakes system by-passes the Saint Mary's Rapids via the Soo Locks, the world's busiest canal in terms of tonnage that passes through it. SOURCE WIKIPEDIA«
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Crossing Border Driving From U.S.A. Into Ontario, Canada
Driving I-75 (Interstate 75) over the Sault Ste Marie International Bridge into Ontario, Canada to the Border Crossing
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Sault Ste. Marie (/ˈsuː seɪnt məˈriː/ Soo Saint Marie) is a city on the St. Marys River in Ontario, Canada, close to the US-Canada border. It is the seat of the Algoma District and the third largest city in Northern Ontario, after Sudbury and Thunder Bay.
To the south, across the river, is the United States and the city of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. These two communities were one city until a new treaty after the War of 1812 established the border between Canada and the United States in this area at the St. Mary's River. In the 21st century, the two cities are joined by the International Bridge, which connects Interstate 75 on the Michigan side, and Huron Street (and former Ontario Secondary Highway 550B) on the Ontario side. Shipping traffic in the Great Lakes system bypasses the Saint Mary's Rapids via the American Soo Locks, the world's busiest canal in terms of tonnage that passes through it, while smaller recreational and tour boats use the Canadian Sault Ste. Marie Canal.
French colonists referred to the rapids on the river as Les Saults de Ste. Marie and the village name was derived from that. The rapids and cascades of the St. Mary's River descend more than 20 feet from the level of Lake Superior to the level of the lower lakes. Hundreds of years ago, this slowed shipping traffic, requiring an overland portage of boats and cargo from one lake to the other. The entire name translates to Saint Mary's Rapids or Saint Mary's Falls. The word sault is pronounced [so] in French, and /ˈsuː/ in the English pronunciation of the city name. Residents of the city are called Saultites.
Sault Ste. Marie is bordered to the east by the Rankin and Garden River First Nation reserves, and to the west by Prince Township. To the north, the city is bordered by an unincorporated portion of Algoma District, which includes the local services boards of Aweres, Batchawana Bay, Goulais and District, Peace Tree and Searchmont. The city's census agglomeration, including the townships of Laird, Prince and Macdonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additional and the First Nations reserves of Garden River and Rankin, had a total population of 79,800 in 2011.
Native American settlements, mostly of Ojibwe-speaking peoples, existed here for more than 500 years. In the late 17th century, French Jesuit missionaries established a mission at the First Nations village. This was followed by development of a fur trading post and larger settlement, as traders, trappers and Native Americans were attracted to the community. It was considered one community and part of Canada until after the War of 1812 and settlement of the border between Canada and the US at the Ste. Mary's River. The US prohibited British traders from operating in its territory, and the areas separated by the river began to develop as two communities, both named Sault Ste. Marie
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Michigan is a U.S. state located in the Great Lakes Region of the United States of America. The name Michigan is a French alteration of the Ojibwe word mishigamaa, meaning large water.
It has the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world, being bounded by four of the five Great Lakes. Michigan is one of the leading U.S. states for recreational boating. The state has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds. A person in the state is never more than six miles (10 km) from a natural water source or more than 85 miles (137 km) from a Great Lakes shoreline.
Michigan is the only state to consist entirely of two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula, to which the name Michigan was originally applied, is often noted to be shaped like a mitten. The Upper Peninsula (often referred to as The U.P.) is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile (8 km)-wide channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The Upper Peninsula is economically important for tourism and natural resources.
Crossing the Sault Ste Marie International Bridge into Canada
I rainy drive on the final couple of miles of Interstate 75 North in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and across the International Bridge into Canada.