Little Italy and Hakkisen Mäki
Neighbourhood · Quartier · Godaagiin
Sault Ste. Marie is home to a large population of Italian and Finnish immigrants and their descendants. In the past many of them lived along Albert Street, close to the factories. At that time, the area west of Hudson Street was known as Little Italy, and the area east of Hudson Street was called Hakkisen Mäki. Today, new waves of immigrants continue to add to our diversity and culture and live throughout the City instead of in districts.
Test your knowledge
Question 1How do you say “Italian” in Finnish?
Question 2How do you say “Finnish” in Italian?
Question 3Who is the Marconi Hall/Marconi Club named after?
Question 4What did Guglielmo Marconi invent or discover?
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Think about it…
Can you think of other places in the City that are named after Italian or Finnish residents? (Example: Carmen’s Way, Finn Hill) Where else can you experience Italian or Finnish heritage?
Keep an eye out for these community fixtures where people can play, relax, eat, and have fun: Marconi Hall, Pump Track, and Greco Pool. What are some important features of your neighbourhood?