Kayaking at Soo Ultimate Paddle Day in Sault Ste. Marie
Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie

The Place Where Michigan was Born
 
“We say life here is about drinking in the atmosphere; of looking up at the sky to see that night sky with the stars and the beauty, or to walk a trail and to think of those a thousand years earlier who walked it before you. It is the center of the Great Lakes, and it always has been.” – Cecil Pavlat, a cultural affairs expert and a member of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians and lifelong resident of Sault Ste. Marie.
 
Sault Ste. Marie is celebrating its 350th anniversary in 2018 (1668-2018). Come visit us during this historic year-long celebration to commemorate our unique heritage, and to make your own memories of, “the Place Where Michigan was Born.”
 
We’re a diverse waterfront community, and we offer a wealth of things to see and do. Visit us for year-round recreational activitieshistorical sites, the world-famous Soo LocksTahquamenon Falls, spectacular lighthouses, and pristine natural environments.

Soo Ultimate Paddle Day (SUP Day)
Celebrate outdoor recreation in Sault Ste. Marie on Soo Ultimate Paddle Day (SUP Day) on August 18! Enjoy several events such as races, guided tours, and paddle-powered fishing adventures. All events are family-friendly and vary in cost.  
Soo Locks Park
Visit the Soo Locks Park in historic downtown Sault Ste. Marie and get up close and personal with the freighters!
Engineers Day
Only one day of the year can you walk the walls of the Soo Locks and explore the historic buildings between the locks. Engineers Day is always the last Friday in June.
Historic Downtown Sault Ste. Marie
Historic downtown Sault Ste. Marie is packed with unique shopping, tasty food, and fun for all ages.
Pow Wow and Summer Gathering
Experience the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians Pow-Wow and Summer Gathering as dancers and drummers compete in the traditional styles of the Chippewa Indian's native culture.
Tahquamenon Falls
A scenic hour-and-fifteen-minute drive is all that separates you from Sault Ste. Marie and the majestic Tahquamenon Falls. Visit the upper and lower falls for a beautiful, fun filled day.
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Just twenty minutes west of the Soo is the fully accessible, 148-year-old Point Iroquois Lighthouse. Explore the museum on the main floor or climb the spiral staircase and get a breathtaking view of Lake Superior.