Sault Ste. Marie is one of the oldest settlements in North America. For at least 2,000 years, people have lived beside the rapids of the St. Marys River. Affectionately known as The Soo, it’s the third largest city in Northern Ontario, with a population of only about 75,000, and is at the heart of the Great Lakes.
Not only is it the perfect starting point for a Northern wilderness adventure, it stands up as an experience all on its own. Here’s where we’d eat, sleep and play in Sault Ste. Marie.
1. For a town of 75,000, The Soo certainly has a lot of good beer going on. Northern Superior Brewing Company recently opened its doors at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre; Union Jack Brewing Company pours favorites like the Maple Cream Ale; and Outspoken Brewery is a local favorite for growlers and howlers.
2. Brace yourself train enthusiasts, there’s a stunningly beautiful one-day wilderness train excursion that leaves from The Soo. It transports you north of Sault Ste. Marie, over towering trestles, alongside pristine northern lakes, next to breathtaking granite rock formations and vast mixed forests of the Canadian Shield. It’s called the Agawa Canyon Tour Train.
3. We’re mildly obsessed with the totally stacked burgers at, you guessed it, StackBurger in downtown Sault Ste. Marie. There’s a standing #deathbybeef challenge out there for those who want a free lunch. Eat this and you go home with the ultimate burger eater title.
4. If you can find it, definitely stop at The Soo’s favorite food truck Gnarly Bistro. We’re big fans of the Korean Style Whitefish Tacos. Tempura battered local whitefish, fresh pico de gallo, house made kimchi, mango purree and radishes, what’s not to love?
5. Want to learn to knit while you lunch? Visit the Shabby Motley. It’s a yarn shop, a café, and a dedicate space for showcasing an array of regionally made beautiful things. A great little spot to while-away the afternoon.
6. We’d never let you go without suggesting dessert! Brrnanas is the first vegan n-ice cream in Northern Ontario. Get it at the Mill Market on Canal Drive Wednesdays and Saturdays in the summer. While you’re there, grab a slice of Northern Twisted Pizza!