Currency Exchange, Firearms, What You Can Bring and More

A List of What You Need to Know

Visiting another country can be a challenge if you're not properly prepared. Here are some helpful Travel Tips to ensure your next trip to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario is a stress free one.

U.S. Visitors To Canada

Passports have been required for return travels to the USA, by all modes of transportation, since 2009 for all citizens. Please direct all inquiries or questions to the nearest Immigration office in your community. Any questions about entry to Canada may be addressed to: Canada Immigration Division, Canada Employment and Immigration Centre, Ottawa, ON K1A OJ9.

For Canadian Customs Information call: 705-941-3063 For US Customs Information call:

Currency Exchange

To obtain the best rate of exchange, we recommend using your credit card or exchanging currency prior to shopping. U.S. funds can be exchanged at all banks and at Gateway Casinos Sault Ste. Marie.  

What You Can Bring With You

Duty free articles that may be taken into Canada include: apparel and personal effects; sporting up to 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes, 200 grams of tobacco; 40 imperial ounces of alcohol or 53 imperial ounces of wine or 288 imperial ounces of beer or ale (case of 24) per adult; and a full tank of gasoline. Note: All above allowable quantities are subject to change and/or subjected to import duty.


For Information contact Canadian Customs at: 705-941-3063

U.S. Residents Leaving Canada

After a 48-hour stay in Canada you may return with $800 U.S. worth of goods including: 35 oz liquor and one carton of cigarettes. Family members may combine their $800 exemptions. Under 48 hours, the exemption is $200 U.S.

Vehicles & Driving

Seatbelts are mandatory in Ontario. Children under age 8, who weigh less than 36 kg (80 lb.) and are under 145 cm (4-foot-9) tall, must be secured in an appropriate child seat or booster.  and car seats are required for children under that weight. Radar detectors are illegal in Ontario. Studded tires are permitted in between October 1 and April 30 in the District of Algoma. Right turns are permitted on a red light after a complete stop unless posted otherwise. Speed limits and distances are posted in kilometres (1 mile = 1.62 km). Liquid fuels are sold by the litre (1 U.S. Gallon = 3.8 litres).

Export Rules

Residents from other countries should ask the appropriate authorities in their country of origin or its nearest consulate for detailed information about duty charged on articles purchased in Canada. Permits are required to export certain products made from endangered plants or animals. Normally, the retailer can advise you about any export restrictions on merchandise in their store.

Emergency Medical Services

In the case of a medical emergency, please dial 911.

Sault Area Hospital 750 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6B 5A3Call: 705-759-3434, open 24/

Station Mall Clinic293 Bay Street, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 1X3Call: 705-450-1715, Mon-Fri 9:30am-5pm, Sat 9:30am to 2pm, Sun-Closed*Times are subject to change

All travellers please ensure to have:• Your health card and/or insurance card • A list of your medications and what they are used for• Your complete medical history• The contact name and phone number of primary physician• The contact name and phone number of next of kin

Note: Non-Ontario residents may have to pay at registration and/or at time of discharge. Cash, VISA, MasterCard and Amex are accepted. They will provide receipt and documents for insurance.

A Safe Community

The Sault Ste. Marie Safe Communities Partnership is working to make the City of Sault Ste. Marie and District of Algoma the safest place to live, learn, work and play in the world. Community leaders from a variety of businesses, government and social agencies have come together in support of the partnership. Established in July of 1999 and incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in December 2000, Sault Ste. Marie Safe Communities Partnership aims to identify, initiate and promote injury prevention and safety along with our accrediting body Safe Communities Canada. In May 2003, Sault Ste. Marie earned the very prestigious and distinctive designation as an International Safe Community by the World Health Organization (Karolinska Institute).

Mission Statement: To make Sault Ste. Marie the safest place in the world in which to live, learn, work and play, by creating a culture instilled with safety, education and commitment to injury prevention.

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—she’d love to hear from you!

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