Monthly Archives: June 2013

Oh Canada! Crossing the Border at Sault Ste. Marie

There’s something exciting about exploring another country, which makes the Sault Ste. Marie area a traveler’s paradise. It’s a short ride across a beautiful bridge to a foreign land and all the intrigue that comes with it. Visitors will enjoy the Agawa Canyon Tour Train, the hockey culture, and the hustle and bustle of the city we share our name with on the northern side of the border.

courtesy of MDOT

courtesy of MDOT

Crossing the international border does require some planning. There are a variety of documents that will meet the requirements of U.S. Customs and Immigration – for most people, it will be a passport but other options also exist. When entering Canada, officials will ask to see a passport (or other approved documentation), inquire about your purpose for visiting Canada and ask a few basic questions. Upon return to the U.S., travelers must show passport (or other approved documentation) and will be asked a few questions (where do you live? what did you purchase? how long were you in Canada?) before being allowed to re-enter the U.S.

Although it may sound like a hassle – it really isn’t. Over two million crossings occur each year, including trips made by hundreds of thousands of visitors making their first trek across the nearly three-mile span.

Wait times used to be a mystery to travelers, but no more. Want to see how long you might wait on the bridge at a given time? Visit the International Bridge website to view webcams updated every 15 minutes and a description of current wait times at both the U.S. and Canadian crossing.

For more information on Sault Ste. Marie day trips and activities visit Sault Ste Marie.


Take a Sault Ste. Marie virtual tour

It’s a big decision – where to go on vacation. Where do you get good information? You want to make a choice that everyone will enjoy. But you can’t break the bank, either.

Recommendations are good and websites have a lot of information, but sometimes seeing is believing – which is why we’ve put together a “virtual tour” of Sault Ste. Marie. Block out the noise, stop thinking about work and dedicate 11 minutes to imagining yourself at the Soo Locks, the kids playing putt-putt golf, and the money you’ll win at Kewadin Casino. Keep an eye out for smiles, laughter, clean waters, and friendly people. You’ll find them on the video….and on your vacation! Come on up and see us!

Now that you’ve taken the tour, get details and logistics at these websites:

Sault Ste. Marie Convention & Visitors Bureau

Soo Locks Boat Tours

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

Museum Ship Valley Camp, Tower of HIstory & River of History Museum

For more details on area attractions, call the Sault CVB at (800) MI-SAULT or (906) 632-3366.