Sault Ste Marie (Soo Saint Marie) is a port city in Ontario (southeast-central Canada), with population around 80,000. It is located on St Marys River, and close to the border with USA. The settlement was established in late-17th century by French Jesuit missionaries. Later, it was developed as fur trading post. With the same name is a small town in Michigan (USA), located to the south (accross the river). Before 1812, these communities were one town.
Cargo shipping traffic in the Great Lakes (world's busiest by tonnage inland waterway) bypasses river's rapids via Sault Locks. Smaller ships and pleasure boats use the Sault Ste Marie Canal (National Historic Site managed by Parks Canada). This canal has one lock bypassing river's rapids. St Marys River rapids and cascades descend over 6 m (20 ft) from Lake Superior to the lower lakes. In 1962 was inaugurated Sault Ste Marie International Bridge (toll bridge with daily avrg capacity around 7000 vehicles) connecting both towns. The bridge connects I75 highway (Michigan) with Huron Street highway (Ontario).
City's economy is largely based on the steel-making industry, with largest single employer Essar Steel Algoma Inc (founded 1902, since 2007 part of Essar Group India). Other major industries are outsourcing (two call centres - Sutherland Global Services, and Agero), gambling (Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's OLG Casino Sault Ste Marie), alternative energy (68 MW solar park, wind farms), forestry, melamine production, furniture manufacturing, tourism.
City's main tourist attractions are Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, boat tours (via Sault Locks / Soo Locks) to Lake Superior and lower Great Lakes, Whitefish Island, Ermatinger-Clergue historic site, OLG Casino, Algoma Art Gallery, Agawa Canyon Tour Train, MS Norgoma (museum ship), nature parks (Pancake Bay, Batchawana Bay, Lake Superior), Bon Soo Winter Carnival (annual event), Searchmont Resort (ski-snowboard destination), Stokely Creek Lodge (ski resort), Hiawatha (ski trails). A new HUB trail (length 20 km / 12 ml) allows walkers and cyclists (cross skiers in the winter) to enjoy circle touring around the city. Station Mall is one of Northern Ontario's largest shopping malls.
The city is served by Highway 17 (part of Trans-Canada Highway) connecting to Thunder Bay (northwest) and Sudbury (east). In USA, highway I75 continues south to Detroit MI than crosses into Ohio and terminates in Florida (near Miami). River shipping transportation is a major link to USA via the locks in Michigan into St Lawrence Seaway. The international Sault Ste Marie Airport is approx 15 km (9 ml) southwest of the town. Algoma Central Railway runs north from the town.
For season 2019, Roberta Bondar Marina had booked four ship calls - two by Le Champlain (2018-built superyacht owned by Ponant), Victory 1 (2001, Victory Cruise Lines) and Pearl Mist (2014, Pearl Seas Cruises).
Sault Ste Marie cruise terminal
Cruise ships in Sault Ste Marie (Canada) dock near Roberta Bondar Marina. The facility is part of Roberta Bondar Park and offers 38 slips (for tour boats and yachts), shoreside power supply, water hook-ups. Additional services for boaters include showers, laundry, fueling, wastewater pump-out, charting (books), cruisetour guides, various marine products.
Roberta Bondar Marina also serves as Canadian Customs check-in. It is located near downtown (65 Foster Drive) and close to city's main shopping, dining and entertainment venues.
Port Sault Ste Marie cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario Canada. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|17 October, 2021|