Life, sometimes metaphorically referred as a raft on the ocean of the world. It goes up and down on the waves just like the ups and downs of life, but one always finds a way to easily cross through this ocean. The actual theory behind this is that surfing on high waves is a lot of fun indeed, similarly, having a small outing or a vacation might be really amazing way to get out of the usual routine. Visiting the known tourist-y places is common but visiting somewhere different to experience the real culture is another amusement to everyone. One such place is Sault Ste Marie in Ontario.
Sault Ste. Marie, is the largest city in Ontario, close to the Canadian-US border, along the St. Marys River. This was initially a single city but was separated in the year 1812 into the United States side (know known as Michigan City) and the Canadian Side as Sault Ste. Marie, separated by the St. Marys River. Both countries are connected by the International Bridge.
Here are couple of places one should checkout when visiting Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario.
Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Lighthouses are quite fascinating indeed, how in the earlier days when radar systems were not yet discovered, boats used to get an idea of their location using compasses and lighthouses and at the same time stayed a safe distance away from the shore. Point Iroquois Lighthouse is present on the US side in Michigan City, but during the night time, it can be easily seen from the Canadian shore, which also gives us an idea of how far these lighthouses used to operate. If you have the permission to cross the border, then you may see this beautiful architecture, white in colour, in person.
Sault Ste. Marie Boardwalk
This boardwalk as the local’s state, is a very calm and soothing location to have a stroll during the evening along the water, seeing the reflection of the city lights on the water surface. It’s a lovely location for having great photographs or just spending the evening looking at the water and sky. It’s surrounded by restaurants and cafes, to grab a bite anytime.
Wanting to have a taste of authentic Italian food while sitting in the heart of Canada? Arturo’s is probably the place you would want to visit. Situated on Queen’s Street, this restaurant was rated as the Best Travellers Choice by Tripadvisor. Everyday, people from nearby cities visit this restaurant because of its fine Italian flavours. Also, it has options available for vegan and gluten free meal as well.
Sault Ste. Marie Museum
Both the architecture and the articles inside this museum is one of a kind, the building being an old post office with Victorian architecture, constructed during 1902. It contains artifacts and historical memorabilia of the same era and also acts as a home for those articles for generations to come and witness the history of the people which used to live in Sault Ste Marie.
Gateway Casinos Sault Ste. Marie
Having some free time in your trip to relax? This might be a place for you to try out your luck, or just have a couple of drinks and food to enjoy. Gateway Casinos Sault Ste. Marie is a popular stop for many travellers, let it be for gambling or just casual outing, playing games and at the same time enjoying tasty food. It’s located near the International Bridge and easily completes all the entertainment needs of an individual.
Minnehaha Falls is another off-the-beat location for some adventurous travellers. It’s a pretty small waterfall but is surrounded by tons of greenery which makes it a perfect setting for best photos. It also has steps and anyone can climb to the top of this waterfall and hear the sound of water crashing on rocks, making the water almost white in colour due to bubbles and foam.
If you want to know the science about a variety of insects and how research takes place on them, then you have to visit this insectarium. Situated in the Bushplane Museum, this place is a top hit for all the geeky science lovers, or even to those who want to have a hands-on experience with insects, which you probably won’t ever forget.
Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site
Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site is a very popular attraction for all the people either visiting Sault Ste. Marie, or the locals. It contains old stone buildings of 19th Century and offers an interactive and historical experience of that era with information about how the people used to work and complete household chores and many more. It also houses a number of exhibits of the same time period.
Art Gallery of Algoma
Situated close to the national historic site, it’s another popular tourist destination for everyone who wants to see and visualize art and the story behind it. It’s a national institute that does the job of educating individuals about art. It hosts a number of exhibitions throughout the year. Visitors are requested to plan their visit to have an informative tour about the exhibits displayed.
If you are visiting Sault Ste Marie during the winter months then this might be the perfect opportunity for you to have an adventurous experience of snow sports. Situated just a couple of hours away from Sault, Hiawatha is a popular destination for many locals and adventure seekers. They have well-groomed ski trails, snow-hiking trails, and even fat biking trails. Just keep in mind to check their website to get an idea of number of trails open, as that depends upon the weather conditions.