It’s a day we have all been patiently waiting for! Engineers Day is making a triumphant return this summer in a “re-engineered” format. In partnership with the City of Sault Ste. Marie, the Downtown Development Authority and the United States Army Corps of Engineers, we are ecstatic to help put on this special event. 

This year’s event will take place on June 25 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with the Soo Locks Park open until 10 p.m. Beginning at 9 a.m., a section of West Portage Avenue in between Ferris Street and Gov. Osbourne Boulevard will be closed off to traffic for vendors to line the street until 6 p.m. You can find a list of vendors below.

The day celebrates the engineers who built the Soo Locks along with the men and women of the past and present who maintain the Locks. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invite people of all ages to come explore the Soo Locks. Visitors are invited to stroll the Soo Locks Park, explore history in the visitors center and climb observation platforms as mammoth freighters ply the waters of the St. Marys River system. Be sure to stop into the Visitors Center to explore all of the new displays and test your hand at being a Lock Master!

This year we will also be debuting the Boat Nerd King and Queen. Stay tuned to learn more about how to be crowned King or Queen of the Boat Nerds!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a few precautions being taken for the safety of everyone (including Corps employees and workers on freighters.) This does include guests not being allowed to cross the Locks this year. As a reminder, masks are required to enter the Soo Locks Visitor Center, any indoor stores, restaurants, hotels, and outdoor areas if physical distancing cannot be met to keep workers and visitors safe. Please be patient, be kind and be safe. The City, Corps and CVB can’t wait to have you attend Engineers Day Re-Engineered.

Be sure to also head down to the Coast Guard Open House. Explore the U.S. Coast Guard Station up close and personal and see what it is like to be in the Coast Guard yourself! There will also be a viewing of a CG Helicopter and Rescue Swimmer demo along with activities and games for the whole family! You will also learn the importance of water safety!

After you visit the Coast Guard Open house, be sure to head to The Chippewa County Historical Society. They will be having an open demonstration for their train display. Stop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to see this super cool, detailed display! The giftshop at the CCHS will be open at 10 a.m.

Vendor List

Booths of all sorts will be lining the streets of Portage Ave. during Engineers Day. Here is a list of some of the booths you will find.

  • Bikers Against Child Abuse
  • Blarney Castle Oil
  • Customs and Border Protection
  • Downtown Development Authority
  • Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours
  • Flannigan’s Goat
  • Gary Croad- Indian Tacos/Fry Bread
  • Journey to Healing
  • S’more Memories
  • Sault Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Sault Tribe Environment Department
  • Soo Locks Children’s Museum
  • Soo Locks Visitors Center Association
  • The Babe Cave
  • The Chippewa, Luce, Mackinac Conservation District
  • The Little Gift Shop
  • Tower of History/Valley Camp
  • Turtle Island Arts and Crafts
Portage Ave. Businesses

Be sure to also check out these other amazing businesses (and more) while checking out the booths.

  • After All This Time
  • Cultured Pop
  • Das Gift Haus
  • Fudge Du Locke
  • Gateway Gifts
  • Great Lakes Gifts
  • Lock View Restaurant
  • Mocs Du Locke
  • Oh Crepe and Coffee
  • Simply Soo Gift Shop
  • Soo Locks Candy Shop
  • Sugar Daddy Bakery
  • Yooper Trading Co.
  • UP North Wilderness
  • Zac and Mac’s

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