Sault Ste. Marie (locally known as "the Soo" or "the Sault") is the third largest city in Northern Ontario, Canada. The city is considered to be a gateway to the north side of the beautiful, yet very cold, Lake Superior.
Sault Ste. Marie is one of the oldest European settlements in Canada. The city was originally established in the 1600s as a major fur trading post by the French. Today, "the Sault" is a transportation hub between Northern Ontario and the USA. Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge links Interstate 75 on the Michigan side with Huron Street on the Ontario side. St. Mary's River separates the two countries and is also home to the American Soo Locks. If it's a sunny day, enjoy an afternoon wandering the waterfront boardwalk and watching the boats sail through the locks.
There are many good museums as well as historic and heritage buildings that share the history of the city and the region. The Sault Ste. Marie Canal has beautiful, old buildings and antique machinery which visitors can visit. The Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site, the Sault Ste. Marie Museum and the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre are other popular attractions in the city.
In addition to its historic sites, Sault Ste. Marie has a brilliant city cycling path. The bicycle path leads through all the major city attractions and is a great way to see the entire surroundings.
Sault Ste. Marie has a lot of accommodation options. Whether you are looking for a motel, guesthouse, hotel, hostel or campground, Sault Ste. Marie will have it. Sault Ste. Marie hostels are centrally located in the downtown or historic area. The hostels are within walking distance of the waterfront, many restaurants and cafes, the museums, parks, the cycle path as well as some small shops and markets. Sault hostels generally are a great value for your money and tend to provide complimentary wifi, linen, lockers and comfortable beds. Breakfast is not always included, but there are plenty of good places in the downtown area that offer daily breakfast.
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