Sault Ste. Marie boasts four incredible seasons each bringing something new and exciting to experience. Start checking off your bucket list with some of these unique attractions and activities!
Agawa Canyon Tour Train
All aboard for a one-day wilderness rail excursion over towering trestles, alongside pristine northern lakes and rivers and through the rugged mixed forests and granite rock formations of the Canadian Shield. The tour is highlighted with a stopover in beautiful Agawa Canyon Park.
Art Gallery of Algoma
The natural beauty of the waterfront and the city's boardwalk makes a perfect backdrop for the Elsie Savoie Sculpture Park and leads visitors to the Art Gallery of Algoma. The Gallery offers approximately 20 different exhibitions each year. The impressive permanent collection of over 5,000 works includes international, national, and local art both contemporary and historical. Rotating exhibitions represent the permanent collection, travelling exhibitions and exhibitions by contemporary artists. In 2015 the AGA is celebrating our 40th anniversary. The Gallery offers classes for children and adults, exhibition tours and workshops in a variety of mediums. Come and visit the Gallery Shop which offers a wide selection of gifts, jewelry and art made by local artists.
Visit: www.artgalleryofalgoma.com or Facebook page for more details and for calendar of events and exhibitions.
Art Gallery of Algoma
Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
The CBHC is the only facility in North America dedicated to the history of Bush Flying and Forest Fire Management. Visit the original 62,000 square foot hangar where water bombing was developed. Over thirty aircraft exhibits are on display along with a flight simulator, two theatres including a fire fighting adventure in 3-D, and an interactive Children's Flight Centre. Climb a fire tower, sit in the cockpit of a real aircraft, try your luck at our "Hangar Arcade" and much more! The CBHC offers something for everyone.
Eagle Feature Aviation Inc.
Eagle Feather Aviation Inc. is a helicopter charter, sightseeing, aerial work and maintenance company located in Sault Ste. Marie. We currently operate a Bell 206B Jet Ranger located at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport. Our Employees have accumulated over 30 years of flight experience as far north as Alert in Canada and St. Lucia in the Caribbean and we are familiar with different operational requirements not only flight and operational equipment but geographical and climatic diversity as well.
Entomica is a place where you'll discover the fascinating, hidden and often misunderstood world of insects through live interactive exhibits. Discover the importance of insects to the sustainability of our vegetation and wild life and their role in the creation and evolution of our eco-systems. See, hold, touch, and observe some of the world's most intriguing species and get ready to be amazed! Open year-round offering public and private tours, birthday parties, school groups, and other events.
Ermatinger • Clergue National Historic Site
Begin your tour in our new Heritage Discovery Centre, where you are introduced to our "stories steeped in stone" through a multi-media theatre production. Visit the 1812 interactive gallery, and shop in the Voyageur Trading Post gift shop where we offer truly Canadian items. Then step back in time to the Ermatinger Old Stone House, built in 1812 – 1814. It is the oldest stone building North West of Toronto. The Clergue Blockhouse stands as a testimony and residence of industrialist Francis H. Clergue. The stone base was once used as the North West Fur Company's powder magazine. Costumed interpreters are available seasonally. Daily happenings and Seasonal Special Events occur on
Site. Open year round.
Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site
Situated along the north shore of Lake Huron east of Sault Ste. Marie, Fort St. Joseph was a thriving community of soldiers, fur traders, Indian Department officials and Aboriginal people. Once the most westerly outpost of British North America, the garrison provided a vital military presence on the upper Great Lakes, strengthened the Aboriginal alliance and supported the fur trade. Come and discover what life was like at this strategic location from 1796 to the War of 1812. Today Parks Canada protects and presents this unique 374 hectare national historic site. Visitors can wander among the ruins of the fort, explore the Visitor Centre and walk the nature trails. Picnic grounds, accessible washrooms and ample parking are available. Group and individual fees apply. The Fort is open from June 1st to October 12.
Hiawatha Highlands / Kinsmen Park
Whether you plan to test your skiing ability on a competition trail or just take a slow "wildering" tour north to Mabel Lake, you'll find a trail here that suits your needs. In total, 50 kilometers of Nordic trails traverse the 3,000 acre Hiawatha Highlands wilderness preserve. We have 7km of snowshoe trails offer rentals for both skiing and snowshoeing. Hiawatha contains marked, groomed and track-set trails for intermediate to advanced skiers, including one lit 2km trail. The trails are open daily from December to March.
The Mill Market is a place to celebrate all the great things grown, raised, and crafted in Northern Ontario. From farm-fresh products, arts, and hand crafts to local artisans, musicians, community gardens, and live animals, experience the vivid living culture of our naturally gifted community. This location offers 13,000 square feet of indoor space with 15 acres of property, ample parking, and easy accessibility via Canal Drive and the city-wide Hub Trail.
Visit: www.millmarket.ca or www.facebook.com/millmarket for hours of operation or more information.
OLG Casino Sault Ste. Marie
The excitement never stops! Casino Sault Ste. Marie is waiting to welcome you from Mon-Wed 9am-4am, opening Thursday at 9am closing on Monday at 4am, year-round. Their 35,000 sq feet of gaming includes an impressive array of just over 435 slots and a selection of 11 table games. Stay close to the action; The Getaway Restaurant has breakfast, daily lunch,
and dinner menus with you in mind.
Roberta Bondar Park and Tent Pavilion
This outdoor venue, named in honour of Canada's first female astronaut, Sault native Dr. Roberta Bondar, is located in downtown Sault Ste. Marie on the shore of the St. Mary's River. The site accommodates a variety of special events including an annual summer concert series, various festivals, fundraising activities and weddings. Visitors are encouraged to contact the City of Sault Ste. Marie Recreation and Culture Division for a list of programs and events.
Call: 1-800-361-1522 or 705-759-5310
Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site
Completed in 1895, the Sault Ste. Marie Canal provided a navigable channel between Lake Huron and Lake Superior and formed the last link in an all-Canadian transportation route. Once the longest lock in the world and the first to operate with electrical power, the canal has since been equipped with a modern lock and continues to serve recreational boaters from May to October. One of Canada's heritage canals, the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site is maintained by Parks Canada to protect and present the site's cultural and natural features. Visitors can view the original equipment still in use today, take a guided tour, explore the Visitor Centre and walk the nature trails. Picnic grounds, accessible washrooms and ample parking are available. The Visitor Centre and gift shop are open from mid-May to October 10.
Sault Ste. Marie Museum
Located in the downtown core of the city, the museum welcomes visitors year-round to explore three floors of exhibit galleries that depict the heritage of Sault Ste. Marie. The museum is housed in a fine heritage building which first served as the city's Dominion Building. Constructed by local craftsmen, using sandstone from the excavation of the canal, the building opened in 1906. The distinctive clock in the tower was installed in 1912.
Located 48km north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Searchmont Resort is a premiere ranked, regional training and recreation facility with high quality mountain terrain, amenities, events and entertainment. Enjoy 750 vertical feet of groomed terrain and 18 runs ranging from easy to expert. Whether you're new to the sport or a seasoned skier or snowboarder, there's something for everyone at Searchmont. Open daily Wednesday to Sunday 9:30am to 4:30pm. Night ski or snowboard every Friday and Saturday 4pm to 9pm. Groups are welcome. Check out The Searchmont Snow School (www.searchmont.com), The Searchmont Ski Runners (www.ssr.ca), SAFA (www.safasnow.com) and No Limits Adaptive Skiing (www.searchmontadaptiveskiing.ca) for lessons and programs. At Searchmont, we love snow!
Call: 705-781-2340 or 1-800-663-ALGOMA
The Sault Trailblazers Snowmobile Club prepares and maintains over 400 kilometres of trails in the Sault Ste. Marie area. They take pride in having some of the best trails in the district, made possible through their volunteers. They ensure that the trails are brushed, marked and signed and bridges are repaired or replaced as required. They also plan riding events for snowmobile enthusiasts and their families.
Spruce Haven Zoo
Families with children of all ages are invited to visit the Spruce Haven Zoo. With more than 100 residents with origins from around the world, this family attraction features a picturesque wildlife setting with animals uncommon to our area. Take your children through the Petting Area with its exhibit of miniature farm animals. The zoo opens on May 1st every year, and visitors in the spring will usually find a special treat in the form of the latest baby animals.
St. Marys River Marine Heritage Centre - Museum Ship Norgoma
The Museum Ship Norgoma was built at the Collingwood Shipyard in 1950 and was the last passenger boat to be built and travel on the Great Lakes. Before the building of the Trans-Canada Highway she operated as a passenger and freight vessel and was considered the lifeline to communities along the north shore of Lake Huron. This meandering route became known as "the Turkey Trail". The Norgoma is reminder of the dependence of the early settlers on regular visits by ships like the Norgoma. In her later years she operated as a car ferry between the Bruce Peninsula and Manitoulin Island. She was retired in 1974 and converted to a museum ship in 1980. The Norgoma retains much of her original equipment and is presently being restored to the condition in which she sailed. Open June to September - call for hours of operation.
Lying along the rolling hills of the Canadian Shield, Stokely Creek offers cross-country skiers and snowshoers the opportunity to explore a winter's paradise. Over 130 kilometers of well-marked trails expand through 8,400 acres of privately-held land, including 3,000 acres of land owned by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, making Stokely Creek one of the four largest cross-country ski resorts in North America. Trails receive over 200 inches of lake effect snow per year guaranteeing snow every winter.
Call: 705-649-3421 or 1-866-786-5359
The Great Outdoors
The great outdoors surrounding Sault Ste. Marie is a world unto itself, and in the autumn, it's a place where adventure is just around the corner. There are many things to do, many places to go and many ways to explore. See the fall colours in all their glory on a driving tour or on foot at one of the Provincial Parks in the area. It's all up to you and whatever your interests are. There are many places to explore and some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.
Mockingbird Hill Farm
Mockingbird Hill Farm is the romantic dream of Farmer Bob who delves deep into his Metis roots to recreate his heritage. The Farm depicts a typical horse-drawn homestead farm with the pioneer's menagerie of animals - a few pigs, sheep, goats, cows, chickens, ducks, turkeys, cats and dogs. The Farm is open year round to the public! Enjoy a wildflower walk in the spring and summer, corn maze/haunted maze in the fall and sleigh rides in the winter. This is a year-round destination for all ages.
943 Landslide Road, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario