5 Fun-Filled Family Activities in the Soo

Discover fun for kids and parents alike in the heart of Sault Ste. Marie.

Visit the Bon Soo Winter Carnival

Slides, dog sled rides, snow soccer, snowmobile races and a polar bear swim are just a few of the entertaining attractions offered at Bon Soo, one of the country’s largest winter carnivals. The ten-day event takes place each February, featuring over 75 indoor and outdoor events that cater to visitors of all ages. This year’s festival kicks off on February 3, 2017, at a brand new home for Bon Soo—the historic Machine Shop located at 83 Huron Street in the canal district.


Experience the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

Step inside an authentic bushplane, get up close and personal with cars from yesteryear or catch a big screen 3D experience in the Ranger Theatre at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. The newly renovated Children’s Flight Centre has plenty to keep kids busy, including flight simulators that put your kids in the pilot’s seat, arcade-style gaming consoles and interactive displays. One of the most popular stops in the museum? A real aircraft cockpit.

The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre is located at 50 Pim Street.

Tour the Old Stone House

History comes alive at the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site, affectionately known as the Old Stone House. Step back in time to the 1800s, when Charles Oakes Ermatinger and other respected local residents inhabited the Ermatinger Old Stone House. It’s been completely restored to depict what life was like for them and features displays of antique furniture, dishes, décor and clothing. This year-round cultural attraction is also home to the interactive Heritage Discovery Centre, along with two of the oldest stone buildings located northwest of Toronto: The Ermatinger Old Stone House and the Clergue Blockhouse.

The Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site is located at 800 Bay Street.

Catch a Soo Greyhounds Game

See some of the best OHL players in the league in action at a Soo Greyhounds hockey game. The Greyhounds hockey club is known for being a starting point in the careers of esteemed alumni, including Wayne Gretzky, Ron Francis, Joe Thornton, Jeff Carter and Matt Murray. Game day provides entertainment for the whole family: grab some treats at the concession stand and enjoy an action-packed event, conveniently located in the city’s downtown, modern arena.

The Soo Greyhounds play home games at the Essar Centre, located at 269 Queen Street East.

Pop into the Library

There’s always something interesting going on at the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library. With no shortage of programming to keep your kids entertained, special events include: Toddler Time, movie events, knitters’ circle, family story time, craft hours, gadget corners, teen events, and more. Whatever the age, there’s an engaging, interactive learning opportunity available for your kids here.

The Sault Ste. Marie Public Library Centennial Branch is located at 50 East Street.

About Jasmyn Rowley

Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Jasmyn’s love of communication, media & public relations literally took her across the country to pursue her passion. Recently returning to Sault Ste. Marie from Vancouver, she continues to develop her talents and expand her expertise in media and publicity.

Jasmyn has been working in media and broadcasting for over eight years, on both sides of the camera, as both an on-air journalist and behind the scenes in a production and PR capacity. Jasmyn’s various roles in the industry include work as a news anchor, reporter, producer and news writer for broadcast television and radio; for which she was honored with numerous awards over the years, including CTV News Writer of the Year, Most Promising Current Affairs Producer, and Most Promising Reporter of the Year.

In addition to her background in media, Jasmyn has built a vast portfolio in the public relations realm. She has completed a variety of results-driven publicity campaigns for clients, including top actors, musicians, authors, television and film productions, and high-profile red carpet events. One of the most notable projects she has worked on included coordinating a series of Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic red carpet victory parties.

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