Monthly Archives: May 2013

Take a walk through history

Historic Water Street brochure

Spring has sprung and summer is knocking at the door – there’s no better time to take a walk through history. Or, to be more accurate, a walk down Historic Water Street in Sault Ste. Marie.

The story of Michigan’s oldest city is told through 30 interpretive panels along your walk. During a half-mile stroll, learn about early Native fishing techniques, French explorers, the evolution of the Soo Locks, and fires that once devastated Water Street. Beginning June 28, the historic homes of Water Street are also open for touring all summer long. Costumed guides, storytellers and performers offer special programs during the summer months.

historic home performance

The view is fantastic, the walk is easy and at your own pace, and the information is fascinating – there’s better way to spend a sunny afternoon.

We should mention, of course, that this is a free excursion, but you may want to have a few bucks for an ice cream cone or a cold drink – all found within access of Historic Water Street.

Pick up the brochure (pictured above) for more details or visit the website:

Opening Day, Soo-style: No baseballs…only lifeboats.

Ship's Wheel - Valley CampFitzgerald Lifeboat at Valley Camp

Opening day quickens the heartbeat for many, but we’re not talking about the first game at the ballpark. Sault Ste. Marie has its own style of opening day – the day when several attractions and restaurants open for the summer season.

We take special note here that May 15 marks the opening of the Museum Ship Valley Camp – the location where the next generation of boat lovers find themselves exploring cargo holds and walking topside like a seafaring deckhand. There are more than 100 exhibits in this retired Great Lakes freighter, each with its own unique spin on the maritime world. See the lenses from famed lighthouses, explore the pilot house, and, perhaps most chillingly, touch the lifeboats that were ripped away from the S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald on November 10, 1975 without a single survivor.

See the newscast and a video tribute to the Fitzgerald, including the haunting song by Gordon Lightfoot here:

Stop by the Valley Camp on opening day from 10am-5pm. For a complete list of rates and hours, visit the ship’s website at