Cruise the Great Lakes
Rich history, diverse cultures and spectacular vistas.
These are the Great Lakes ports of call.
Sault Ste. Marie
There’s an energy in Sault Ste. Marie. You can feel it across our incredible land and waterscapes. You hear it bubbling in the rapids, echoing throughout our campuses and in the new developments and ideas that come alive in our city every day.
A vibrant and friendly community, Sault Ste. Marie provides a mix of urban and natural amenities that offer an adventurous lifestyle in the heart of the Great Lakes. Take the time, live in the moment, find yourself in Sault Ste. Marie.
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. Exhibition tours, art classes and workshops for all ages are offered year-round. The Gallery Shop offers a wide selection of gifts made by local artists as well as Group of Seven items. Enjoy a beautiful view while having coffee, tea, soft drinks and desserts in our Café.
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 64,000 square foot hangar where water bombing was developed. Over thirty aircraft are on display along with a flight simulator, two theatres and an interactive children’s flight centre. Climb a fire tower, sit in the cockpit of a real aircraft and much more.
Canoes For Conservation
Gear up for an adventure with the Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy. Canoe tours in a 14-seater canoe offer fun learning opportunities for the whole family. Book the whole canoe or jump in on a regularly scheduled tour along the Sault’s waterfront or further up the coast on Lake Superior. The experience is fully outfitted and guided. Guests will share tastes of local foods and here stories related to local history, culture and ecology. Our mission is to promote stewardship and help protect special places on Lake Superior. Funds generated from tours go towards conservation efforts in the Lake Superior watershed.
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 creation, evolution and sustainability of our ecosystems. See, hold and touch some of the world’s most intriguing species. Open year-round.
Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site
Your tour begins in the Heritage Discovery Centre, where you are introduced to our “stories steeped in stone” through our theatrical production. Visit the 1812 interactive gallery and shop in The Post gift shop. Then step back in time to the Ermatinger Old Stone House. Fur trader Charles Ermatinger built the house in 1812. The Clergue Blockhouse (1894), is the residence of industrialist Francis H. Clergue. The stone base was once the Hudson Bay Company’s powder magazine. Daily happenings and seasonal events. Open year-round.
Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site
One of the key sites of the War of 1812, Fort St. Joseph was a thriving community of soldiers, Indigenous people and fur traders. Experience life at the Fort through daily heritage demonstrations and hands-on workshops highlighting traditional crafts, skills and food. Feel the breeze off the St. Marys River as you picnic on site, walk among the ruins of the fort or explore nature trails within the bird sanctuary. Open from June 1 to September 30.
Mill Market Farmers Market is a place to celebrate all the great things grown, raised and crafted in Northern Ontario. From farm-fresh products, arts and handcrafts to local artisans, musicians and live animals; experience the vivid living culture. This location offers 13,000 square feet of indoor space with ample parking and easy accessibility.
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 and is part of the 22.5 km John Rowswell Hub Trail. At the marina, bike rentals are available for guests to make their way around the city. The park accommodates a variety of special events including an annual summer concert series and various festivals.
Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site
Sault Ste. Marie Canal marked its 125th anniversary in 2020. Once the world’s longest and first electrically operated lock, the canal completed an all-Canadian waterway spanning over 3,500 km from the Atlantic Ocean to the western tip of Lake Superior. Today, visitors can step back in time and enjoy afternoon tea at the elegant Superintendent’s Residence, explore the nature trails by foot or bike and learn about the significance of this area to the First Nation and Métis people in an exhibit located in the historic Stores Building. The Visitor Centre and gift shop are open from mid-May to Thanksgiving.
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 constructed by local craftsmen, using sandstone from the excavation of the canal. The building opened in 1906 and served as the city’s Dominion Building. The distinctive clock in the tower was installed in 1912.
Waterfront Adventure Centre
An inclusive space owned and operated by Sault College. Facilities include tennis courts, pickleball courts, beach volleyball court, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards. All rentals can be done on a pay per use basis for non-members. Enjoy the Ziibi Café located on-site in the Franklin Prouse Building with fresh food, coffee and desserts and the best waterfront view in the Sault. Open mid-May until mid-October.