There are at least 1,000 reasons to visit the Sault Ste. Marie area, but here are 10 great things you shouldn’t miss in 2020!

1. Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s North American Bass Challenge

This tournament is one catch fishermen won’t want to get away in Summer 2020. The North American Bass Challenge is open to everyone, no matter the skill-level or age. The angler who lands the largest bass will win a brand-new Ranger boat. It is slated to launch August, 20-22. 

bass fishing

2. Explore Tahquamenon Falls 365 Days a Year!
The Tahquamenon Falls State Park is only an hour and 20 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 version of spectacular!


3. Enjoy a traditional Italian Meal in Sault Ste. Marie’s Little Italy!
Little Italy Ristorante inside of the Christopher Columbus Hall serves up a meal to satisfy your taste buds. The menu is completely authentic Italian cuisine! Full Menu here.

4. One Full Day of History and Mystery
Walk across the walls of the Soo Locks during Engineers Day Friday, June 26. 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?

5. Check out Silver Lining Antiques on Ashmun Street!
Shop the locally owned stores for great items to take for all of your friends and family! Keep an eye out for more shops opening in the downtown Sault Ste. Marie in 2020.  Keep an eye out for all the shops opening in 2020 by following us on Facebook.

6. Be Here to See the First Freighter of the Season
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.

7. Experience the Twin Soos from 210 feet in the Air
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!

8. Enjoy a Soo Locks Boat Tour Beginning early May 2020
Take a two-hour boat tour on the St. Marys River and through the Soo Locks during your next visit to Sault Ste. Marie! This leisurely ride is narrated by a real person that would be happy to answer your questions about the area. Get your tickets here!

9. Run for the Boarder…Canadian Border
If you start training now you’ll be ready for the 7.1 mile run across the International Bridge during the Sault International Festival of Races September 26. No passport required for this amazing view only the ability to run to the Canada border and back to downtown Sault Ste. Marie!
Sault International Festival of Races
10. Watch at least one of the 7,000 plus boats pass through the Soo 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.

We only listed 10 things you can do when you visit Sault Ste. Marie. Come to the Soo and discover the other 990 things when you get here! Be sure to share your photos of Sault Ste. Marie with us by using the hashtag #ILovetheSoo when you post to social media and to follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.