Are you itching for a summer adventure in Sault Ste. Marie? Look no further! We’ve curated a list of six must-do activities that will make your visit unforgettable. Whether you’re seeking small-town charm or thrilling escapades, the Soo has something for everyone.

Soo Locks Engineers Day

Mark your calendars for Engineers Day on June 28! This year, you’ll have the opportunity to cross the Soo Locks once again. Downtown Portage Avenue will be transformed into a pedestrian-friendly space with vendors and activities. Make sure to secure your accommodations for this exciting event! Also note: only clear bags will be allowed into the Soo Locks Park this year for Engineers Day.

Explore Downtown Sault Ste. Marie

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of downtown. Marvel at the world-famous Soo Locks and witness massive freighters pass by. Afterward, take a leisurely stroll down Portage Avenue and treat yourself to a delightful meal at one of the many fantastic restaurants. Don’t forget to satisfy your sweet tooth with some delectable ice cream or fudge while exploring the unique shops. We recommend visiting on Wednesdays when we have Music in the Park at the Soo Locks Park and the local farmers’ market is set up on the corner of Portage and Ashmun.

Visit the Beach

Soak up the sun and relax at one of the breathtaking beaches near Sault Ste. Marie. Sherman Park, just a short drive from downtown, offers sandy shores, beach volleyball, refreshing swimming spots, and a front-row seat to watch majestic freighters glide along the St. Marys River. It’s an ideal destination for all ages.

Paddle Adventures

Embrace the beauty of the St. Marys River with a kayaking, canoeing, or stand-up paddleboarding excursion. Explore the scenic waterway and get up close to passing freighters or some of the area attractions such as the Valley Camp. Don’t miss the opportunity to paddle to Voyageur Island Park, a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. If you don’t have your own gear, Bird’s Eye Outfitters has rentals available for a hassle-free experience.

Burgers Galore

Indulge in classic summer flavors at Sault Ste. Marie’s iconic drive-ins, Clyde’s and the West Pier. These 1950s-style restaurants offer not only mouth watering hamburgers and milkshakes but also fantastic views of freighters passing by. Open from spring until early fall, they’re a nostalgic dining experience you won’t want to miss.

Scenic Drives

Explore the rich maritime history of the Eastern Upper Peninsula with scenic drives to historic lighthouses. Make a stop at Point Iroquois Lighthouse for stunning views of Lake Superior, or immerse yourself in the fascinating exhibits at the Whitefish Point Lighthouse and Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. For an off-the-beaten-path gem, Crisp Point Lighthouse awaits your discovery.

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