Downtown Waterfront

21.5 km Marker

Gather at the Rapids

St. Marys River: The Lifeline of Sault Ste. Marie

Designated a Canadian Heritage River in 1992, the St. Marys River is the lifeline of Sault Ste. Marie. Since 2500 BC, its bounty of fish has provided an important source of food for Aboriginal people.

Historically, this region was a natural place for marine travelers to rest because they had to carry their canoes and supplies over land around the rapids. This area was originally called Baawitigong, or “place of the rapids.” A shipping canal was later built to lift boats over the rapids.

To this day, the river remains a vital source of recreation, trade, and industry. For Ernest Hemingway, it was a favourite fishing spot. What do you love most about our river?