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Sault Ste. Marie - Stay in Michigan or Ontario?

Hutchinson ks
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Sault Ste. Marie - Stay in Michigan or Ontario?

We are planning a trip to Sault Set. Marie on the weekend of October 5. Do you suggest staying on Ontario side or Michigan side? Is customs at the bridge? Does it take a long time waiting in line to travel across the bridge? Which side has more to do? How many days is ideal to spend there. What do you recommend most to see while we are there? We hope we are traveling at the right time to see fall color! Thanks for your help.

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1. Re: Sault Ste. Marie - Stay in Michigan or Ontario?

So many questions. I'll try and answer a few as I'm not an expert on the area but do have some limited knowledge.

Sault Ste Marie Canada has a population of 75,000 while the American Soo only has 14,500 people. As far things to do, the Canadian side probably has more options. The American side does have a casino.

The International Bridge connects the two. Line-ups are not too bad as this crossing isn't overly busy....shouldn't take more than 10-15 minutes to cross.

If you're interested in seeing the fall colours then you MUST take the Algoma Central Railway on the popular Agawa Canyon Tour Train. However, reservations should be made immediately because if you go without they may not have room and you'd miss out. It's a day long trip that takes you deep into the canyon and the colours are spectacular. The train also stops for 90 minutes enabling you to get off the train and look around. Well worth it.

Have a look at their website for more info...

agawacanyontourtrain.com/content/…index.html

Edited: 28 September 2013, 23:05
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Sorry, forget to mention the most important thing of all....the train tour of the canyon is on the Canadian side.

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For the fall foliage report (updated twice a week) see here:

ontariotravel.net/publications/fallcolourrep…

For things to do in SSM, you can either click on the green tab "Things to do" at top of page, or check the SSM Tourism website:

http://www.saulttourism.com/

As krustytripper notes, the Canadian side is much larger and more developed than the US side. Some nice hotels and restaurants, and a lovely walking park along the river. Here's a recent thread that has dining suggestions:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g155012-i1321-k681…

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I'm travelling to the Sault on that weekend as well and, just to warn you, most of the hotels on the Canada side are already booked. You may just have to stay in Michigan. I don't know how far you are willing to drive but about 2 hours north of the Sault is Lake Superior provincial park, one of the most beautiful drives (and hiking trail systems) in Ontario. it would be just glorious next weekend, and no crowds. Alternatively, one hour south of the Sault, in Michigan, is Mackinac Island. I went there as a kid and am very nostalgic about it. It's a short ferry ride "back in time", no cars are allowed, the houses are quaint, you can take a horse drawn carriage ride, rent a bike, tour the fort, etc...

Have fun, Beth B!

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Thank you for the great ideas! More than likely we will take the drive to Lake Superior Provincial Park that you suggested, but I would like to know just a little more about it. Is it similar to the Upper Peninsula? We will be driving through there on Friday. What is the terrain? Is it an easy drive? Thankfully we have reservations Sat and Sun in the Sault. Next week we have reservations at Boyne Falls. Maybe we can take a day and go to Mackinac Island then. Would that be too much of a rush for a one day trip?

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A day in Macinac is fine.

The UP is fairly flat, and a mix of farms and forests. The North Shore of Superior is totally different. Low mountains, and rugged shoreline. And hilly, curvy roads along the lakeshore. Beautiful.

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Just a note i know this is an older post. Being from Thunder bay. I noticed Lake Superior Provincial park was mentioned in a post and someone said its 2 hours from Sault Ste Marie. Just a corrections, its about 7 to 8 hour drive west. To Thunder Bay. Just in case someone doesnt make wrong turn. thanks , like to be helpful on here

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hi, lake superior park is 2 hours from the soo. it is between the soo and wawa and is a spectacular drive.

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worldtravellers123, I think you're confusing Lake Superior Provincial Park with Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.

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