Today, On This Spot is celebrating the history and culture of the beautiful city of Sault Ste Marie. Until October 24th, we will be taking part in Culture Days, a month long celebration of Canada’s history, art, and culture, by featuring a different town or city on our blog every day. All of our content is available for free online or through the On This Spot app.
Sault Ste Marie’s history has always revolved around its river’s rapids. The story of industry, life, and labour in this city begins with the whitefish and moves on to the fur trading empires and the canals that are the lifeblood of commerce on the Great Lakes today. Our first historical walking tour of the city looks into this early history. The thirteen-stop tour begins along the hub trail and from there walks along the waterfront to Canal Drive. Turn right on Canal Drive and circle onto Huron Street and back again. From there, return to Canal Drive and head south to reach the Visitor Centre. Learn about Sault Ste. Marie’s early development and how it became the community it is today.
Our second tour explores the many attractions of the city’s waterfront, showcasing historic sites, museums, parks, and public art. The twelve-stop tour travels along the waterfront from the Agawa Canyon Train Station near Huron Street all the way to the Heritage Discovery Centre and the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre on Pim Street. Experience the best of what Sault Ste. Marie’s waterfront has to offer.