The Soo Locks of Sault Ste. Marie stand the oldest established town in Michigan. Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the World, sets 21 ft. above the lower Great Lakes. The Ojibway Indians and early pioneers carried canoes around the descending rapids. Eventually four different locks were built. Over 10,000 ships pass through the locks annually.
A tour on the water offers a once in a lifetime experience to actually lock through Lake Huron to Lake Superior. Lakers (freshwater vessels) and salties (ocean going ships) float by in close view. Visitors travel underneath the International Highway Bridge linking Michigan to Canada. Lunch, dinner themed, and seasonal cruises are available May thru October. A visitor center, maritime, and shipwreck museums allow the curious to delve deeper into history. Lighthouse cruises move past original structures, the rocky coastline, and Michigan forest.
Observe the passing freighters, barges, sailboats, tall ships, and military vessels from the lakeside park. Sault Ste. Marie downtown area offers quaint, unique shopping and dining. The changing seasons provide new views of the historic site and varying adventures from fishing to snowmobiling. The International 500, a snowmobile race compared to the Indy 500, attracts visitors every year to Sault Ste. Marie.