Bon Soo is Back in 2023!

Over one hundred events across three main locations in the city during nine fun-filled days

By Sault Tourism

Sault Ste. Marie’s much-loved winter carnival Bon Soo will return for its 60th anniversary celebration presented by OLG, beginning February 4th. 2023’s event promises to bring back the fun with a mix of well-known favorites plus some exciting new additions, including an act best known for their appearance on America’s Got Talent!

So start making your plans to visit; whether it be for the famous Polar Bear Dip or the new and improved Bum Slides, or maybe it’s for new events like the aforementioned Sentimentalists, the exciting Polar Rush or the appetite-whetting Passport to Unity. Keep reading for details of the event or for the full program of the 137 events (yes 137!) visit the Bon Soo website!

Where, when and how much?

Bon Soo 2023 runs from Friday, February 3rd through to Saturday, February 11th. There are three main locations; The Canal District, Northern Superior Brewing Co. and Clergue Park, with many other locations hosting events in and around the city. 

Buying a Bon Soo Button for $10 will get you into over 100 events for free. Some other events have an additional charge. All the information about pricing can be found on the dedicated Bon Soo website.  

You can buy a Bon Soo Button in any of 14 locations in Sault Ste. Marie, click here for more info!

What are the 'must see' events this year?

Every day is packed full of fun events, some aimed at families, some aimed at grown ups and many events perfect for all ages! This year our headline events are:

Polar Bear Rush Winter Obstacle, Saturday, February 4th. Bellevue Park hosts the first ever Polar Rush from 10am-5pm. Runners take off in a 2.5km, fun filled course filled with wall climbs, tube running, crazy carpeting 

Passport to Unity, Saturday, February 4th. This is a great multi-cultural event at The Canal District from 6pm-10pm. Immerse yourself in a gourmet tasting menu featuring Internationally inspired cuisine and performances from around the world!

4-on-4 Street Hockey Tournament, Sunday, February 5th. A fun outdoor for pre-registered teams takes place at Bay St Active Living community Centre.

The Sentimentalists, Friday, February 10th. The Canal District hosts Bon Soo headline show  This world-renowned celebrity mentalist Mysterion teams with mentalist Steffi Kay, creating a two-person mind-reading experience that is truly breathtaking. Watch this special show that has graced America’s Got Talent, sells outs shows across the US and is regularly the headline act on cruises and at theaters and theme parks.

Saturday, February 11th is when arguably the most icon Bon Soo event happens, the famous Polar Bear Dip, which this year is at the Bushplane Museum with musical guest the Hustle Brothers! Registration at noon, jumping begins at 2pm!

What Else Is Happening?

Each day is another fun-packed and exciting day of winter events. We’ve broken down some of them here, but be sure to check the Bon Soo website daily for a full run down!

The Snow Carving event actually begins a week earlier on January 28th, to give teams time to design, sculpt and get creative before February 3rd!

Friday, February 3rd

The Canal District hosts the opening ceremony – Bon Tidings – with fireworks, live music and Bum Slides!

Over at Northern Superior is Sno Madness Night #1 with a host of wacky winter games and prizes for pre-registered teams over two nights! If you would prefer to watch, come down and enjoy what is sure to be a lively atmosphere at the Tap Room.

Saturday, February 4th

Bellevue Park hosts the first ever Polar Bear Rush Winter Obstacle Course, 10am-5pm.

At Clergue Park enjoy Best in Snow – Snow Sculptures as well as CrokiCurl, Pony Rides from Hidden Hills Stables and Maple Taffy Tasting from Hogan’s Homestead, both from 1-4pm.

The Canal District has bum slides, a 3-on-3 Ringette Challenge, an Ice Maze and Helicopter, Wagon and Tractor Rides!

In the evening Passport to Unity happens at The Canal District from 6pm-10pm.

Over at Soo Blaster we have a Bon Soo Comedy Night Featuring Glen Foster.

Saturday also marks the start of a number of all week Bon Soo events. The Sault Ste. Marie Museum hosts a special 60-year exhibit, the Bushplane Museum is offering 2-for-1 entry for the entirety of the event for Bon Soo Button holders.

Sunday, February 5th

The Canal District hosts Sault Trailblazers Snowmachine Rides 

Clergue Park hosts a drop-in Snowshoe Relay Race, along with a variety of other exciting events.

The Bushplane Museum is offering a Crafts and Movie Day, with free entry after 1pm to button holders and there a special screening of the movie Frozen 2 at 2.30pm! Kids are encouraged to bring their favourite Elsa, Anna or Olaf stuffies or cushions to make the afternoon extra special!

The Bay St Active Living community Centre hosts an outdoor 4-on-4 Street Hockey Tournament for pre-registered teams.

Cheer on our Soo Greyhounds as they dawn special Bon Soo Jerseys on game day at GFL Gardens! The puck drops at 2.07pm! These Bon Soo theme jerseys will be available for online auction following the game, at the Greyhounds website.

Sunday is wrapped up at The Canal District with The Sno Ball Family Dance featuring a Children’s magician and a 60th birthday party for Bon Soo.

Monday, February 6th

The Coldest Canuck Challenge at Northern Superior will test your Northern acclimation with a series of Canuck challenges from 6pm-8pm.

At The Canal District you can take part in Dessert and Liquor Tasting.

Don’t forget all the week-long events including Bum Slides, CrokiCurl, the Ice Maze are happening today as well!

Tuesday, February 7th

Gather by the Fire with Thrive Tours is one of the headlines of Tuesday. Visit Clergue Park and gather around the fire to share land-based teachings of Baawating.

Northern Superior hosts EDM Sno Bath (Electronic Dance Music) where you can dance the night away and “chill out” to some good vibes in the snow with DJs Angelazura and Bobby Lawn.

At The Canal District enjoy a Bon Soo Paint Night, family friendly, step by step guided way to paint your own Bon Soo inspired masterpiece!

Wednesday, February 8th

On Wednesday 5pm – 7pm, enjoy a special night at Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig and enjoy Science North’s Indigenous Ingenuity Exhibit. The evening features an on-site knowledge-keeper, SKG Tours, Tobacco Ties and a feather-wrapping workshop.

Northern Superior gets all hot under the collar with a Fire and Ice Hot Sauce Chicken Wing Challenge (pre-registration required)!

Thursday, February 9th

Enjoy Night Skiing and a limited-ticket shuttle bus to Searchmont Ski Resort! The bus leaves Algoma University at 4.30pm and people can ski the snow packed slopes of their favourite hill and enjoy free hot chocolate! In addition, button holders get 50% off tickets and rentals!

The Canal District’s Machine Shop hosts Bon Soo Blues Society Concert featuring The Andre Bisson Band and opening act Lindsay Pugh!

Friday, February 10th

Hiawatha Highlands hosts a special Nighttime Lantern Ski, free for Bon Soo Button holders.

The Canal District hosts Bon Soo headline show The Sentimentalists. This world-renowned celebrity mentalist Mysterion teams with mentalist Steffi Kay, creating a two-person mind-reading experience that is truly breathtaking. Watch this special show that has graced America’s Got Talent, sells outs shows across the US and is regularly the headline act on cruises and at theaters and theme parks.

Saturday, February 11th

Saturday is the grand finale day with 19 events happening in 9 different locations! Head to Runway Park for all day Snowmobile Drag Races.

The Canal District has Frozen Canoe Rides from 11am – 1pm,

Then join us for arguably the most icon Bon Soo event The Polar Bear Dip, which this year is at the Bushplane Museum. Come for the fun which includes musical guest the Hustle Brothers! Registration is at noon, jumping begins at 2pm!

Finally, Bon Soo 2023 draws to a close with Bon Voyage, a Queen St Street Party from East St to Spring St. Wave goodbye to Mr. Bon Soo and enjoy a beer garden, food stops, illusionist Ryan MacFarling, winters games such as street hockey and road curling, live music, closing fireworks, more including the announcement of the 2023 Snow Sculpture’s Awards!

And so much more!

There are close to 140 events over the 9 days of Bon Soo so be sure check out the full program on the Bon Soo website for your favourite event! 

Bon Soo Button

The iconic Bon Soo Button will get you in to over 100 events for free! It costs $10 and all proceeds go towards making Bon Soo the most enjoyable experience for all! Click here to see where you can pick up your Button!

Bon Soo Sponsors

We’d like to give thanks to sponsors who have made Bon Soo 2023 happen. These being Title Sponsors OLG, Premier Sponsor Tenaris, Signature Sponsors The Canal District.