Top Five Must Dos When Visiting Sault Ste. Marie

Updated: By Heather Bot

Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site

Take a step back in time at the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site. The “house” has been restored and tells the story of Charles Oakes Ermatinger and others that were lucky enough to call this beautiful house home between 1808 and 1870. Stroll the beautiful period gardens and don’t forget to watch the “movie” at the brand new theatre located in the Heritage Discovery Visitors Centre.


Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

A simple walk across the street from the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site, find the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. Explore the history and adventure of flight and forest fire protection at this beautiful centre located in downtown Sault Ste Marie. You will simply be blown away at the number of full-size aircraft on display. The very best part is that the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre is one of the very few aviation museums that allows you to get up close and personal with the aircraft. You can take a seat in the plane’s cockpit or climb in the hold of a water bomber!


Art Gallery of Algoma

Located on the waterfront of St Marys River, you can stroll from the Bushplane Museum to the Art Gallery of Algoma. This beautiful Gallery is home to a permanent collection of the Group of Seven and the staff at the Gallery are always busy with new and innovative displays of collections from around the world. This Gallery is located on the waterfront and is a perfect venue for a relaxing morning or afternoon immersing yourself in art.


Sault Ste Marie Canal National Historic Site

Sault Ste. Marie’s beautiful boardwalk ends at a Parks Canada National Historic Site. When strolling the site don’t be surprised if you see boaters inside the historical locks preparing to either leave or enter into the waters that link to the Mighty Lake Superior. For those that want to continue their stroll, you can cross over the locks and get up close and personal with the St. Marys River rapids. Renowned in North America as a body of water with a high variety of fish species, you are sure to catch fly fishers in the rapids hopeful that the next cast will see them hook the catch of a lifetime.


Agawa Canyon Tour Train

Did you know downtown Sault Ste. Marie is home to the Agawa Canyon Tour Train station? You are minutes away from the boardwalk to purchase your ticket to this world-class rail excursion that departs daily at 8 am sharp. You will be awed by the landscapes you’ll encounter on this tour that the Group of Seven painted. The canyon itself will capture your heart when you disembark into a pristine oasis set in the beautiful Algoma wilderness. An inland lake, three waterfalls and of course the daunting steps that will lead you up the canyon wall to the halfway point. It’s so worth the walk and the selfie you can take from the lookout. It will give you bragging rights!


This is just a portion of things to see and do in what we locals call the “Soo”, and if you’re looking for culture and a taste of the wilderness we have it all covered. Watch out for chapter two of what there is to see and do in the “Soo” and be sure to visit the events calendar as there is always something happening and you are always invited.

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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