Get outside and explore the historic city of Sault Ste. Marie this week! In honour of Culture Days, On This Spot is featuring two of our Sault Ste. Marie self-guided walking tours today. Both are available for free online and through the On This Spot app.
For our first tour, follow us on a stroll down Queen Street as we use some of the city’s oldest buildings as windows into Sault Ste. Marie’s colourful past. This tour starts on Pim Street, where we will explore the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site, uncover Sault Ste. Marie’s fur trade routes, and view the homes of some of the city’s earliest pioneers and developers. From there, we will turn left onto Queen Street East and arrive at the Algonquin Hotel. The tour then continues down Queen Street with several stops along the way exploring themes such as the role of the Catholic Church in the young community, the everyday lives of Victorian Ontarians, Sault Ste. Marie’s development from community to city, and the role of the city’s Italian immigrants. Finally, the tour ends at the GFL Memorial Gardens for a brief reflection on Sault Ste. Marie’s legacy of producing some of the country’s most extraordinary, talented, and driven people.
The second tour we are featuring today focuses on art rather than history. This short, five-stop tour explores the 2019 Downtown Mural Project, a partnership between FutureSSM and the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Association. The Mural Project consists of five large-scale murals in the downtown core, with the aim of supporting and coordinating downtown revitalization initiatives. Learn about the art, the artists, and the inspiration behind these beautiful displays. This tour starts on Bruce Street near Queen Street and then travels southeast down Queen to just past Brock Street.