Sault Ste. Marie



This excerpt from an old Navy manual came to mind as I sought “permission to come aboard” across the gangplank of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, docked just above the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, on a brisk mid-March day. Read more




In February the International 500 Snowmobile Race in Sault Ste. Marie celebrates 50 yrs of the endurance event on its 1-mile oval ice track – the only one in the country and with “banked turns that would make NASA queasy,” touts the race’s promoters. Read more




In September 2016, Marion Eavou came to live – and to die – in the Robert and Helen Ball Hospice House in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Every minute of her eight months there, someone in her large family stayed with her. Read more


Soo Locks Webcam, August 3, 2015

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

MacArthur Lock in Sault Ste. Marie Closed for Emergency Repairs

One of the Soo Locks has been temporarily closed and dewatered to repair a malfunctioning set of gates. Read more

Aug 3, 2015 5:03 PM Superior Notes 2 Comments

Soo Locks

Bill Howe

On June 18, 1855, the steamer Illinois locked through upbound and ushered in a new era in Great Lakes shipping. But the Soo Locks didn’t come easy. The planning and building of the locks were as fraught with obstacles as the waterway they traversed. Read more

, Maritime


Courtesy Feast of the St. Claire

History will come alive this July when reenactors set up displays and camps during Rendezvous in the Sault, a living history festival celebrating the period of 1668 to 1840. Read more


Around the Circle This Week: Breaking the Ice

Coast Guard cutters start ice-breaking operations in preparation for the March 25 opening of the Soo Locks; Nathan Schroeder wins the Beargrease; spring is just around the corner, which means construction is too; and a look at upcoming events. Read more

Mar 15, 2013 5:36 PM Superior Notes

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Chris J. Benson

Around the Circle This Week: Local-motion

The "third wave" rolls into Duluth; Ishpeming High's football team receives a grant for the school and travels to New York City; regional chefs win awards; Paul Sundberg's photo of the week; and a look at the week ahead. Read more

Dec 7, 2012 4:11 PM Superior Notes


Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

Around the Circle This Week: A 50-Year Span

The International Bridge turns 50; Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, the photographer behind the viral image of John Unger and his dog, Schoep, debuts a photo exhibit; Northlanders help the East Coast recover; and a peek at the week ahead. Read more

Nov 9, 2012 12:35 PM Superior Notes

International Bridge toll lowers for Canadian currency users. Read more


An Ojibway legend about creation of the St. Marys rapids bears striking resemblance to the accepted scientific account of the forming of the rapids. Read more

Natural World

  • New Soo Locks

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    New Soo Locks

    A shot of the current Soo Locks and a modified image showing how a new Poe-sized lock might look.

  • Soo Locks

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    Soo Locks

    The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, are situated near the International Bridge linking to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

  • New Port of Entry at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

    Canada Border Services Agency

    New Port of Entry at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

    A ribbon cutting opens an improved and much larger Port of Entry facility at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Among the dignitaries were the Sault's member of Parliment, Terry Sheehan (center left), Micheline Dubé, president and CEO of the Federal Bridge Corporation, and Denis Vinette (center right), an associate vice president in the Canada Border Services Agency.

  • New Sault, ON, Port of Entry

    Canada Border Services Agency

    New Sault, ON, Port of Entry

    In August 2018, a new, larger port of entry facility opened in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

  • New Sault Port of Entry

    Canada Border Services Agency

    New Sault Port of Entry

    This is the old port of entry facility at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, replaced in August 2018.

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