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Sault Ste. Marie Visitors Guide

By Lela Perkins

A trip to Sault Ste. Marie is a double-treat for visitors because it offers two destinations for the price of one. The twin cities of Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan and Ontario face each other across the St. Mary’s River, which serves as the international US-Canada border in this region. Together, the two cities offer visitors the pleasure of a holiday in two countries, along with recreational opportunities in two of the Great Lakes linked by canals and the river.

The Soo, as it is known locally, is among the top tourist destinations in the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. Tahquamenon Falls, the Soo Locks, river fishing and other activities by the waterfront are very popular. Considering that this is the birthplace of the State of Michigan and currently its oldest city, there are a lot of historical sites for tourists.

Lighthouse tours that take visitors to see many of these beautiful old structures are usually a top draw. Other tourist highlights include the Agawa Canyon train tour and a boat tour of the Soo Locks. The attractions on the Canadian side are quite fascinating, with visitors thronging the museums and art galleries.

The St. Mary’s River drains out of Lake Superior and then runs for 75 miles before emptying into Lake Huron. Great Lakes freight traffic doesn’t choke up the river because the shipping route goes through the locks on the U. S. Side. This leaves the river as an unspoiled treasure trove for people interested in fishing, recreation and adventure.

The main entertainment in these parts consists of the Soo Greyhounds and a casino. The Soo Theatre is a veritable institution that has been hosting movies, musicals and plays for many decades. The Pullar Stadium Ice Arena in Michigan is a popular venue for sporting events, while outdoor winter sports such as skiing can be enjoyed in Ontario’s Haiwatha Highlands.

There’s still a lot left undecided, including lodging, dining and shopping. No doubt this is best left for each traveler or family to decide for themselves. Someone driving up to the northern end of the I-75 from within the U. S. May prefer to stay in the city on the Michigan side, and so will those who land at the nearby international airport in Kinross.

The Canadian side has its own airport which would be a lot more convenient for visitors flying in from other parts of Canada. In fact, the Sault Ste. Marie Airport in Ontario is the most convenient choice for travelers from all over the Americas and the rest of the world to enter and leave this region. Again, this decision has to be made based on travel plans and activities.

As for the rest, visitors can get the most out of their holiday by checking out shops and restaurants on both sides of the river. The Canadians have some very nice Italian restaurants and pizzerias, while the Americans offer a wide choice in terms of seafood, steaks and other American cuisine restaurants and sports bars. Shopping in Sault Ste. Marie is a multi-hued experience where hours can be spent in the quaint shops on the U. S. Side, while the Ontario side offers a farmer’s market and a mall-shopping experience.

If you are looking for fun things to do in Sault Ste. Marie, come to The Antlers Family Restaurant. For menu info and other details, visit us online at today.

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