Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada

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Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada

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Straddling the border in Sault Ste. Marie

Back before the war of 1812, the twinned towns of Sault Ste. Marie _ one in the US, the other in Canada _ were a single entity. Military treaties split them across the border and the St Marys River, and today they continue on as two halves of the whole. A gateway to some of Ontario's wilder reaches, where Lake Superior and the rock-ribbed valleys of Algoma spread out northwards, Sault Ste. Marie vacation rentals on the Canadian side are perfect for outdoorsy types. Throw in some casinos, art galleries and engineering wonders and there's plenty for other types of traveler, too.

Uncovering the wonders of Sault Ste. Marie

Every vacation to Sault Ste. Marie should start with a guided tour of the town's fascinating locks. These channel some of the heaviest shipping in North America and have been a meeting place of traders and travelers for centuries. Excursions out along the banks of Lake Superior are also popular, whether that means riding heritage trains through canyons or hitting the scenic byways. Then come the nearby ski fields, the horse riding paths, the mountain biking runs, and the long-distance trekking trails _ all on the doorstep of sought-after Sault Ste. Marie vacation rentals.

Surveying the locks in Sault Ste. Marie

The National Historic Site of the Sault Ste. Marie Canal and the American Soo Locks are a real wonder of engineering. They are some of the busiest cargo shipping lanes in North America, and are best explored on boat tours direct from the docks. There's also the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site there, with its stone homes dating back to the 1800s, and Whitefish Island with its relics of the Batchewana First Nation. The town itself hosts the 35,000-square-foot OLG Casino Sault Ste. Marie, and the mind-boggling al fresco sculptures of the Art Gallery of Algoma.

Summer or winter in Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie can be a great place to visit no matter the time of year. Summer is perhaps the top choice for sightseeing in the Soo Locks and the canals, if only for the fair boating weather that reigns between May and August. Fall is fine if you're looking for smaller visitor numbers and lower rates on Sault Ste. Marie vacation rentals, while winter, between December and March, is perfect if you want to encounter the wonderland of the Algoma region _ think hills doused in snow, ice floes on Lake Superior and even a clutch of ski resorts.

Sault Ste. Marie _ river town between the lakes

With Superior spreading out into Wisconsin, wild Ontario to its west, and lakes Huron and Michigan just on the doorstep, the river channels around Sault Ste. Marie are some of the most tactically placed on the continent. Once you've seen them, be sure to head north into the photogenic region of Algoma. There, the rugged cliffs that line the waters give way to colorful maple forests, eventually turning into the Lake Superior Provincial Park, with its crystal-clear bays and pine-studded walks.