Oh Canada! How Sault Ste. Marie Sets The Bar High!

We are lucky to live in a country as cool as Canada—here is how Sault Ste. Marie sets the bar even higher!

With Canada named 2017's Number One travel destination in the world, we thought travellers should check out Sault Ste. Marie's contribution to that!

rural Attractions

Agawa Bay Interpretive Centre

The Agawa Bay Interpretive Centre is located in the Agawa Bay Campground. This state of the art facility highlights the park’s cultural history, natural features and recreational opportunities. The centre also includes an information/reception area, washrooms, theatre/activity room and a gift shop operated by NiijkiwenhwagFriends of Lake Superior Park.

Agawa Pictographs

Eight kilometres north of Agawa Bay, a sign directs visitors to Agawa Rock, site of a fascinating assembly of ancient rock paintings. A short scenic hiking trail, wedged between massive split boulders, leads to the lakeshore and Agawa Rock, a cliff face rising 30 meters above Lake Superior and decorated by 35 pictographs or Indigenous rock paintings; many are centuries old. Although the 15-minute hike from the highway to the pictographs is steep, it is well worth the effort to see these 400-year-old paintings on rock, created by the Ojibwa People.

Fort St. Joseph

Once, the most westerly outpost of British North America, Fort St. Joseph was a thriving community of soldiers, fur traders, Indian Department officials and Aboriginal people.The British garrison provided a vital military presence on the upper Great Lakes that strengthened relations with the Aboriginals and supported the fur trade. Come and discover what life was like at this strategic location from 1796 until the War of 1812. Today, Parks Canada maintains and interprets this unique 374-hectare historic site.

A true mountain experience

Searchmont Resort is a first-ranked regional training and recreation facility with high quality mountain terrain, amenities, events and entertainment. The passionate and knowledgeable staff will help to provide you, your family and friends with quality service. It may seem early for skiing, but if you your visiting during the winter months, this is a must-stop destination for all levels.


There are many unique and beatiful places to stay while you're visiting the city, and you can pick from the full list here!

Fly FIshing Downtown

Where else can you fly fish in the heart of a cities downtown? In Sault Ste. Marie, you can. Find out how and where here!


Welcome aboard the Agawa Canyon Tour Train, one of the most popular train tours in North America. This one-day wilderness excursion will transport you 114 miles north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, over towering trestles, alongside pristine northern lakes and rivers, and through the awesome granite rock formations and vast mixed forests of the Canadian Shield.

About Dionne Elgie

Dionne Elgie grew up in Sault Ste. Marie and has a deep personal love for this city, and like many Saultites, a real passion for the great outdoors. Along with her team at DIG (Digital Intelligence Group)—she works with Tourism Sault Ste. Marie to curate compelling travel stories and collect truly useful tour tips that appeal to both local residents and out-of-town visitors. You can contact Dionne at dionne@digdeep.ca—she’d love to hear from you!

Recommended Articles

Spring Smelt Fishing in Ontario

Smelts are running! Fishing with Carter Dorscht.

St. Joseph's Island Tour

A step back in time, fresh air and sweet treats.

9 Facts to Know about the Agawa Canyon Tour Train

Get ready for a bucket list experience in the wilderness of Northern Ontario.

Get sandy this summer in and around the Soo

6 best beaches for any occasion.

Cafés The Locals Love

Find Them Downtown Sault Ste. Marie

10 Locally Made Gifts for her this holiday

PJs, cosmetics, mittens, and more!

Invigorate Your Soul This Fall

Sault Ste. Marie's Top Spas!

Where the green grass grows!

5 Awesome Golf Courses to Spend Your Summer On

Christopher's Big Birding Year

a Guide to the Best Birding Spots

Exploring The "Superior" Inner Space Of The World

Where To Find The Best Diving In SSM

Tourism Sault Ste. Marie

Your Convention, Meeting And Sporting Event Hosts!

Devout City Girl

A perfect shopping day planned for just you!

Making a great trip unforgettable

A perfect winter package for two!

Where Do You Get A Taste Of The Best Ice Cream

In the city of course!

Are You a Winter Skeptic?

Here are 10 ways to help you fall in Love with the Season!

The Most Loved Yoga and Wellness Studios

Drop-Ins And Guests Welcome!

March Break Kids Camps: You Don't Want To Miss Out On These!

Superior Exploration Adventures' Guide To The Best Climbing In The Area: Beginner Through Advanced!

Celebrating 15 Years Of Discovery And Interaction: Shadows' Of The Mind Film Festival Showcases Some Of The World's Best Cinema

Superheros and Forest Fires: Canadian Bushplane Museum's Journey to the Centre of the Forest