Sault Ste. Marie & Area

Situated at the hub of three Great Lakes, Sault Ste. Marie is defined by the land and the water. Its natural beauty, rich past, and diverse cultures make it an exceptional place to live, work, play and visit. It offers many ways to experience the community throughout the four seasons. In twenty minutes you can be immersed in wilderness, hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing or camping. Enjoy the vibrant arts scene through diverse local art, restaurants, powwows, high quality community theatre, and an international music program. This ‘Naturally Gifted’ city of approximately 75,000 residents has something for everyone.

As one of Canada’s oldest settlements, Sault Ste. Marie is located on the traditional territory of Batchewana First Nation, where diverse Indigenous peoples and later fur traders gathered. Industrialists capitalized on the location in building the community into a major steel producer and forestry centre. It is surrounded by many rural agricultural communities that contribute to its vitality and vice versa.

The International Bridge spans the St Marys River, linking the twin cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. From this location travellers have easy access to many American urban centres such as Chicago and Detroit. Similarly, Sault Ste. Marie is connected by airports to destinations across North America and the world. Railways and waterways provide routes for shipping to and from the Sault, making it a truly multi-modal transportation hub.

For more information on how to get to Sault Ste. Marie, tourism, and what to expect during your stay, see the Tourism section.

Did you know?

Sault Ste. Marie is located at the heart of Canada. Chippewa Falls, the midway point of the Trans-Canada Highway, can be found just north of the City.

In 2012, Sault Ste. Marie celebrated its 100th anniversary as an incorporated City.