Finally! We are near the end of 2022, and what better way to celebrate the closing of the year by beginning to make plans for all of the good times to be had in 2023. There may be 1,000 reasons to visit Sault Ste. Marie, but here are 10 great things to look forward to in the Soo in 2023.

The 2023 Michigan Paranormal Convention

2022 miparacon members

Everyone’s favorite paranormal convention is set to return for Summer 2023! The 13th annual MiParacon plans be one for the books. MiParacon returned in 2021 following a hiatus and was a great success. In addition, organizers are going all out and have plenty of surprises up their sleeves to make the 2023 MiParacon one to remember.

Explore Tahquamenon Falls 365 Days a Year

The Tahquamenon Falls State Park is only a 90 minutes from downtown Sault Ste. Marie, with amazing stops along the way.  The Falls are also open to visit year-round, and each season brings its own version of spectacular!

Enjoy your favorite Soo restaurants

perch sandwich

From the Palace Saloon to Moloney’s Alley to Clyde’s and the West Pier Drive-In, Sault Ste. Marie is foodie heaven. Whether you’re after a taco, hamburger of platter of whitefish, culinary lovers will have to make sure to visit the Soo in 2023. We highly recommend the perch sandwich from the Lockview Restaurant!

One Full Day of History and Mystery

edwin h gott freighter

Prepare to celebrate the biggest day of the year in the Soo! Engineers Day is set for Friday, June 23. It is your one chance to get this up close to these historic pieces of shipping infrastructure. Do you know what’s behind those historic walls?

Downtown shopping sprees

shopping attractions downtown

Shop the locally owned downtown Sault Ste. Marie stores for great items to take for all of your friends and family! Keep an eye out for more stores, shops and more opening in the downtown Sault Ste. Marie in 2023.  Keep up with us on Facebook for all of the latest information.

Be Here to See the First Freighter of the Season

stewart j cort freighter passing through the locks

March 25 at 12:01 AM, the first freighter of the new shipping season is allowed to pass through the Soo Locks gates! Be a part of the excitement with the other freighter enthusiasts on the observation deck.

Experience the Twin Soos from 210 feet in the Air

tower of history picture

The viewing area from the top of the Tower of History offers a panoramic of the city.

Visit the Tower of History for a panoramic view of both Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Ontario. The view is pretty extraordinary at any time of year, but it is extra special in the fall!

Enjoy a Soo Locks Boat Tour Beginning early May 2023

sault locks boat tours

Take a two-hour boat tour on the St. Marys River and through the Soo Locks during your next visit to Sault Ste. Marie! These leisurely rides are narrated by a real person that would be happy to answer your questions about the area.

Wave the Green Flag for the I-500

i500 sign

The world’s most famous snowmobile race sees the best drivers around test their skills on the I-500’s famed frozen oval.

Watch at least one of the 7,000 plus boats pass through the Soo Locks

federal montreal freighter crossing the sault locks

The Soo Locks are among the busiest canals in the world, and you can stand on the observation deck in the Soo Locks Park to watch it all happen 10 months of the year.

Do you have a favorite memory in Sault Ste. Marie? Let us know by tagging photos and posts with #ilovethesoo on your social media so we can share in the fun! For more information on winter activities and historic places in Sault Ste. Marie be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitter, TikTok, Instagram, and Pinterest.