By Sault Tourism

We’ve missed you eh!? Here’s a quick reminder of all the things to see and do up here, plus a few new ones too!

Sault Ste. Marie is the perfect destination for a weekend adventure. And now with the international border being opened to allow Americans to enter Canada as of August 9th, we wanted to remind our American friends of all the many things there is to see and do in our city. While you’re here, check out this article on what you’ll need to do before you to visit Canada

Mountain Biking and Outdoor Adventure

Sault Ste. Marie is a city built for outdoor adventure with some of the best access to forests, waterways and rugged hills anywhere in the area.

Come and check out our incredible and expanding mountain biking in and around the city. The Hiawatha Highlands are home to a world-class mountain bike trail system – just a short ride from downtown. If you’re looking for more adrenaline, head to Bellevue Valley, where a 5km trail drops 200m into a beautiful valley of lush maple trees.

Being a city between two of the Great Lakes and on the St Marys River we know how to enjoy the water. From kayaking to canoeing and standup paddle boarding we have expert tour guides and outfitters ready to get you on the water this summer and fall. Our watersports webpage has all the info you need to get started.

Get that extra thrill for a limited time between August 7th and 15th by taking a high-speed adventure up and down the St. Mary’s river on board the Zodiac Hurricane. You can book a half day excursion or a 60 or 90 minute explore east or west from the city.

The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

World famous and entirely unique, the Bushplane Museum is one of the biggest and best attractions in the region. Come check out this massive collection of classic airplanes (over 30 to be exact), interact with equipment and let the kids run around too. More displays have been recently added plus you can now see and hold some fascinating insects in the newly housed Entomica Insectarium; a variety of live exotic insects from around the world!

We have new patios, new restaurants and new craft breweries!

Blink and another patio has appeared downtown, that’s certainly what it feels like in Sault Ste. Marie these days. Come and have a craft beer and experience the warm atmosphere of Outspoken Brewing, Northern Superior Co. or The Whiskey Barrel to name just a few. Another addition to the downtown core is the stunning Broers Jansen which boasts an offering of wines made in-house, local craft beers, and a selection of hand-picked Scotch and Whiskeys from Canada and around the world.

Looking for a cool and quaint eatery? We have those too! Grab a bite at the Big Lake Cabin, the delicious Georgie’s Shawarma, or the colourful Ernie’s Coffee Shop. Incredible buttertarts at The Queen’s Tarts are hard to pass up too, especially the new Cheesecake and Whiskey Maple Bacon varieties!  

We’ve been busy making street art!

Come for a stroll down Queen Street and see if you can find all 10 of our murals painted by an exciting mix of local Indigenous and world famous artists! It will surely be an inspiring stroll along the main street of our city.

For fans of the Group of Seven, Sault Ste. Marie is the perfect place to base yourself. Visit a replica train carriage used to transport many of the artists around the region, and then go for a road trip up the coast yourself to see some of the inspiration behind many of the paintings. The Moments of Algoma website is a great resource. 

The Rugged Canadian Lake Superior coastline

Speaking of the coast, the rugged beauty of the Canadian Lake Superior coastline is a must-visit experience. With more trails to hike, coves to explore and beaches to stroll down than could be mentioned, it’s the perfect place to explore and get immersed in nature. Visit the Hike page of our website for more information.

Apple Fritters at the Voyageur Lodge & Cookhouse!

While you are on on the Superior coast don’t forget to stop in at the Voyageur Lodge & Cookhouse for the fan-favourite apple fritters. This delicious dessert sells quickly so it’s suggested you get up there before 3pm daily, you certainly don’t want to miss out! 

Get Your Fix of Canadian Fall Colors

Fall is when the Soo comes alive because it’s when our forever-forests of Maple trees turn every shade of red, orange and gold. Take a hike to Robertson cliffs for one of the best views you’ll experience. A coastal drive will do it too, in fact just being in Sault Ste. Marie will help you experience a truly beautiful fall season. 

There’s No Place Like Home

Take a stroll along our beautiful boardwalk or around Whitefish Island for some fantastic views of the United States. The historic Sault canal are always frequented by smaller boats venturing to and from Lake Superior. Cross the canal and enter the picturesque and culturally significant Whitefish Island, where you’ll be just a stone’s throw away from home.

The Sault rapids that sit between our countries have some of the best fishing anywhere in North America. Check out our Fish webpage for a link to some travel inspiration or a list of expert guides.

For an evening activity have dinner at the View Restaurant or stay in one of our waterfront hotels that overlook the States.

Whatever your reason to visit us in Canada, come and see what’s changed while we’ve been apart. We’ve missed you!

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By Tourism Sault Ste. Marie

Sault ste. marie is one of ontario's best places to fish

Experience high calibre fishing in the legendary St. Mary’s Rapids, or fish year round for some of Canada’s most sought after species in the numerous lakes and rivers in the Algoma region. 

Take advantage of this unique and historic fishing destination with local experts for a full or half day guided experience; all equipment and bait provided. Links to guides can be found at the bottom of the page. 

No.1 – Fly Fishing in the legendary St. Mary’s river rapids

Located in the downtown core of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, the St. Mary’s River is legendary for its annual runs of Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon. In the heart of the Great Lakes where Lake Superior flows to Lake Huron, this historic fishery is home to a vast variety of iconic Canadian species.

An original gathering place for the Anishinaabe peoples of the Great Lakes, this historic location is renowned in the fishing community. Accessible only from the Canadian side the rapids offer wadeable open river conditions that will challenge your angling savvy. Get your feet wet and test your skill where Lake Superior meets Lake Huron. 

Target iconic Canadian species including Steelhead, Atlantic Salmon and four kinds of Pacific Salmon!

No.2 – Northern River Fishing

We take our fishing very seriously! Sault Ste. Marie is a year round playground for anglers of any skill. Your gateway to a unique guided adventure, experience fishing for some of Canada’s most iconic species in the numerous rivers available all over the Algoma Region

Enjoy a fully equipped day of fishing action with a local expert and guide. Spin, troll, wade or shore fish the remote wilderness visiting one of the hundreds of tributaries in the Algoma Region. Distance to rivers can vary from 5 minutes to 2 hours in any direction. 

Target various species including Bass, Walleye, Atlantic Salmon, Steelhead or Rainbow Trout. 

No.3 – Great Lakes Fishing

Experience fishing the Great Lakes with your personal local guide. Fly fishing, spin fishing, kayak fishing or boat fishing are all available.

Fishing from the comfort of your personal boat or a beautiful northern shoreline, the options are endless. Offering year round, world-class freshwater fishing, accompanied by a vast wilderness and an abundance of wildlife; you won’t be disappointed exploring
the natural beauty of Algoma with one of Sault Ste. Marie’s top anglers.

Target the generous population of Trout, including Brook Trout, Lake Trout and Rainbow Trout or during specific times of the year, various species of salmon. Click here to read about fishing in Lake Superior Provincial Park. 

No.4 – Ice Fishing in Sault Ste. Marie

Ice fishing is a true northern experience you can build an entire vacation around. Dress warm, pack for the day and snowmobile or snowshoe into a remote lake in the surrounding Algoma Region. 

Take in the peaceful surroundings, winter scenery and wildlife, cutting through layers of thick ice from the comfort of a warm ice hut. Full gear provided with a local ice fishing guide. 

Target various species including Trout, Panfish, Walleye or Northern Pike. Click here to read about ice fishing just north of the city. 

Fishing Guides

By Martin Lortz

One seasoned angler skips the lodge experience for an urban fishing adventure in Sault Ste. Marie.

Fishing in Algoma needs no introduction. The region’s abundance of lakes and fishing opportunities rivals that of anywhere in the world. A fishing trip would typically involve a lake and lodge somewhere off the beaten path but typically doesn’t always have to be. This time around, we are forgoing the backcountry lodge for a room with a view of the waterfront in Sault Saint Marie and the lake for Algoma’s rivers’ moving water. Our belief in local knowledge remains the same, and enthusiasm is high to spend three days with three local guides fishing their favourite rivers.

Day One: St. Marys River with Angling Algoma
With skills honed on the fishing tournament circuit, Adam Vallee of Angling Algoma will do whatever it takes to make sure his clients keep smiling.

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By Conor Mihell

Fly fish all year in the rapids of St. Mary’s River.

One day, I stood beside a wild river in Northern Ontario and watched an Indigenous guide put on a fishing clinic. The young man set up near a small pool that was the only area of calm amidst a boisterous cascade. Each of his casts yielded chunky walleyes that were played with great efficiency and wordless nonchalance before being promptly released back into the river’s depths. This was a man in his element, truly at one with the natural world. His only show of emotion came when he inadvertently hooked a northern pike—and a good sized one at that—and shook his head ruefully and groaned.

This angler’s prowess was not unusual for Algoma, where catching your limit often entails nothing more than wetting a line. The fish he coaxed out of that pool had likely never seen artificial bait in their lives. What left me slack-jawed—walleyed, as it were—was the equipment this young angler used: a fly rod. With the exquisite poetry of motion of a onehanded fly cast, the man wasn’t simply overpowering nature with barbs and treble hooks. He was working in concert with the subtleties of flowing water and fish behaviour. I was struck by a sense of harmony in the man’s encounter with the wilderness. I hoped the moment would never end. Just then, he caught another walleye, dispatched it for the night’s dinner, dismantled his rod and prepared his boat to travel back upstream.

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By Dionne Elgie

Author Ernest Hemingway once said “….the best rainbow trout fishing in the world is in the rapids of the Canadian Soo…”

If you fly fish, spin cast, bait fish, ice, wade or boat fish, there are opportunities all year long in Sault Ste. Marie! Some of Canada’s best stream, river and lake fishing for both cold and warm water fish are plentiful within the city and the Algoma region. An interview with one of the best guides in the business, Brad Hodkinson, owner of Soo North Fly Shop, confirms that the St. Mary’s Rapids are becoming known as one of the premier fly fishing destinations in North America!

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