7 Ways to Stay Warm in the Soo

When Jack Frost’s nipping at your nose, there are some fantastic ways to keep warm and toasty this winter in Sault Ste. Marie:

Get cozy at Shabby Motley Handcraft

This unique half craft store, half café venue joins together coffee, knitting, delicious lunch options and treats baked with love. The “pro-loitering” environment encourages you to hang out, grab a cup of fair trade organic coffee or tea, and get comfy in this inviting downtown café.

Shabby Motley Handcraft is located at 356 Queen Street East.


Photo courtesy of Shabby Motley Handcraft 

Enjoy warmth and wine at Konoba Tapas & Vino

Warmth, wine, music and perhaps a little charcuterie are on the menu at Konoba, a newly opened downtown Mediterranean Café/Bar. This nightlife ‘hotspot’ offers a menu of classic Mediterranean-style share plates and unique selection of wine, local draft and import beer.

Konoba Tapas & Vino is located at 113 Gore Street.


Photo courtesy of Konoba Tapas and Vino Bar

Hop on a sleigh ride at Mockingbird Hill Farm

Take a step back in time with a traditional horse drawn sleigh ride at Mockingbird Hill Farm. Cuddle up with friends and family on a group ride, or canoodling with your special someone on a romantic ride for two. The sleigh ride will whisk you away across scenic trails, forested hills and an enchanting Christmas tree meadow.

Mockingbird Hill Farm is located at 943 Landslide Road.


Photo courtesy of Mockingbird Hill Farm

Enjoy a steam at LIFEforia

What better way to keep warm than a relaxing steam at the luxurious LIFEforia Wellness Club and Retreat? This is the only venue in town where visitors can find a Laconium (Roman Sauna) and Steam Room. While there, you can also indulge in holiday-inspired adult beverages!

LIFEforia is located at 681 Pine Street.


Photo courtesy of LIFEforia Wellness Clubs & Retreats

Celebrate the season at Bon Soo

Beginning the first full week every February, Bon Soo is Northern Ontario’s largest winter carnival. Now held at the Machine Shop in the historic Canal District of Sault Ste. Marie, there’s something for everyone — music, dog pull contest, sno-spike volleyball, pancake breakfasts, bonspiels, Bon Tots for kids, Bum Slides, and of course, the famous (and chilly) Polar Bear Swim.

Find out more about all the Bon Soo celebrations.


Photo courtesy of Bon Soo

Peruse the vendors at Mill Market

This hub of local food, crafts and artisan vendors has something for just about everyone. Winter visitors can find quality alpaca products, Mennonite furniture, local meat, seasonal produce, cosmetics, candles and more. The Mill Market reopens for winter hours (Saturdays from 10am-3pm) on January 21, 2017.

The Mill Market is located at 35 Canal Drive.

Get moving at Stokely Creek Lodge

Cross-country adventures come to life at Stokely Creek Lodge, located in the Algoma Highlands. Home to world-class Nordic trails, cross-country skiers and snowshoers can enjoy carefully designed trails winding through breathtaking vistas.

Stokely Creek Lodge is located at 194 Pickard Road in Goulais River.


Photo courtesy of Susan Byker
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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