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The gateway to Canada for many drivers, Sault Ste. Marie is a pleasant city that’s proud of its history and heritage. The rapids of St. Mary’s river are best viewed from the International Bridge, which connects Canada and the USA and is a major export route. Stroll along the boardwalk and discover the long, turbulent history of the area. Its strategic location means it was long fought for, and it’s easy to see why.

Things to see

The popular OLG Casino rings with the chatter from dozens of slot machines, and gamblers focus intently as they sit playing blackjack and roulette. Take part in a pulse-racing round of poker, or sip on a cocktail while watching the action. Those who prefer to get their kicks from shopping should head to the vast Station Mall, the largest in Northern Ontario, boasting large department stores and popular chains. Families will enjoy the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Center, where you can learn Canada’s gripping story of bush planes and forest protection. Walk through the glass fronted entrance under a pair of giant glass wings, and you’ll find many exciting and interactive exhibits. You may even see a floatplane or helicopter land at the center’s water-based airport. The Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site is also a great educational day out, where you can learn how people lived in the past by wandering through perfectly preserved stone buildings, restored as if their 19th century inhabitants still lived there.

Hotels in Sault Ste. Marie

Those looking for discount hotels will be impressed by the many two and three star properties in Sault Ste. Marie. This includes many chain hotels which offer comfortable accommodations for families, with extras such as rollaway beds, laundry services, LCD televisions with cable channels, and continental breakfasts. Business travelers are also well catered for in these hotels, with 24 hour business centers, complimentary WiFi, free local calls, and in-room coffee makers. There are also some independent motels and hotels in Sault Ste. Marie, with amenities such as refrigerators and microwaves, as well as housekeeping services.

Where to stay

The waterfront boardwalk makes for a pleasant walk, and cyclists zip along on their own pavement path. There are platforms heading out into the water to allow you to get a great view, and plaques and monuments scattered along the walk telling you the history of the town. Many Sault Ste. Marie hotels are located along this area, taking advantage of the vast waterfront views. Downtown is full of historic buildings, where businesses blend in with shops, and you can enjoy sipping coffee on a pavement café, watching the world go by.

How to get to Sault Ste. Marie

The Sault Bridge links Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario, Canada, with its namesake in Michigan, USA, and you’ll see many large trucks hauling goods between the countries. The toll is only a few dollars, and the bridge is an experience in itself, especially when lit up at night, with the cities twinkling in the distance. Sault Ste. Marie Airport has domestic flights within Canada, where you can then connect with international airlines. The airport is a mere 20 minute drive to the west of the city, with taxis, limos, and car rentals available in the terminal. There are also free shuttle buses available for some of the larger hotel resorts.