Guided Tours: Sault Ste. Marie

Immerse yourself in the outdoors local heritage and culture

Updated: By Heather Bot

‘The Soo’ is poised on the hub to two Great Lakes, without the trappings of heavy traffic and noise, within reach of spectacular wilderness adventures. The Algoma region’s largest community, Sault Ste. Marie offers outdoor adventures, entertainment and attractions, comfortable accommodations, and places to enjoy delicious food and drink.

Local guide services and outfitters want to immerse you in the rich local heritage and culture while exploring the outdoors. Check out these day trips to enhance your stay in the city. Great for first-time adventurers or returning visitors looking to find something new to do.

Guided Outdoors Tours


An interpretive and fully outfitted day trip in the wilderness is perfect for those wanting to enjoy the outdoors but don’t want to bring all the gear. These services can be booked for canoe, kayaking or hiking for 4 hours to up to 8 hours.

Do this with Forest the Canoe

Culinary Tours


Photo credit: Blaq Bear Tours

This is a walking tour in downtown Sault Ste. Marie along Queen Street and the waterfront boardwalk. The adventure explores the city’s history and culture and includes side stops at eateries along the route. The walk ends at the historic Canal District.

Do this with Blaq Bear Tours

Indigenous Guided Eco-Tours


These Indigenous learning experiences include an interpretive guide for hiking and paddling tours with lengths of tours from 2 – 6 hours. For visitors interested in attending a Pow Wow for the first time, Learn to Pow Wow shares etiquette, a taste of local foods, the history, traditions and the people – dancers, drums, singers and the teachings.

Do this with Thrive Tours

Half-Day and Full-Day Fishing


The St. Marys River and rapids are one of the region’s best-kept secrets for urban fishing. Experienced fishing guides will wade you into the rapids and offer river fishing from the boat. If looking to immerse yourself in the wilderness while fishing, guides offer trips to local inland lakes, rivers, Lake Superior and Lake Huron. You can also learn to fish if this is your first outing!

Do this with Tyler Dunn Guiding, Angling Algoma, MonkWorks Fishing

Educational Guided Tours

Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre
An inherent part of the Algoma University campus, SRSC offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about residential schools in this chapter of Canada’s history. It is a memorial, an interpretation centre and a museum to educate the realities of visions corrupted and to see the momentousness of human perseverance and resilience.

Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig – Shingwauk Teaching Lodge
Is an Anishinaabe post-secondary institute that preserves the integrity of Anishinaabe knowledge and understanding. Events and activities are open to the community. Follow SKG on Facebook for news and what’s coming up. If your group would like to visit the site and participate in a learning experience, contact SKG by phone or email.

Métis Tours
Learn about the Métis connection to Sault Ste. Marie through a Métis-led cultural and ecology tour. You can book a two-hour walking tour or a combination walking/paddling tour.

Outdoor Guided Tours

A Lock Cruise Tour
Enjoy a day or evening tour of the city’s waterfront with Sault Lock Tours. The Miss Marie operation season is from May to October and is a 2-hour cruise along the waterfront into the waters of Lake Superior and the St. Marys River.

Guided Adventure Tours by Bike
The city is home to an extensive mountain biking system that includes Bellevue Valley, Hiawatha Highlands, and the Algoma Highlands. Guided tours can be provided by Red Pine Tours for a variety of day tours in and around the city.

A Natural Heritage Tour
Want to learn more about the area’s historic trails? Canoes for Conservation is a guided canoe tour hosted by the Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy designed to be fun and informative. Knowledgeable guides take you on a journey to learn about the local history, culture, and environment.

Plan Your Trip Now

Sault Ste. Marie has a variety of places to stay including hotels and motels, cottages, and camping options. Click here to find a place to stay, food and drink.

Order a free Algoma Travel Guide to learn more about the region for places to stay, area attractions and touring routes. Or speak with Algoma Country staff directly at 1-800-263-2546.

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About Heather Bot

I'm a member of the Algoma Country Travel staff. I hope my blogs entice you to visit the beautiful region that I call home.

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