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!

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