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The area boasts rugged shores, sandy beaches, untouched forests, winding rivers, and two Great Lakes.
The history of the area involves a fascinating eclectic mix of cultures. "The Meeting Place" as it was once called, drew habitants from all over Europe and North American tribes. Sault Ste Marie was established in the 1600's as a fur trading post and later in the 1900's as a site for steelmaking.
Also airports on the Michigan side: Chippewa County (IATA: CIU; ICAO: KCIU) and Sault Ste Marie Municipal (Sanderson Field; KANJ)
Not geared well to travel -- poor connections; ACR runs infrequently
Main function is for tourism and getting out to bush camps
Not impossible: Connection between Algoma Central Railway and Ontario Northland bus-train connection at Hearst, ON (a two-day trip).
Hwy 17; I-75
No commercial passenger runs; private boats and yachting
Getting around is easy - you can walk, bike or take the bus...it is a big town with a small town atmosphere. If you are driving, don't expect any traffic jams or road rage. This is a nice, relaxing place to be and it is very convenient to get around. However, public transit can be limited and infrequent. Not to mention the beaches, rugged outdoors and ski hills are less than 30 minutes away from the city centre.
On your visit you can walk to boardwalk along the river or take a Sault Locks tour to cruise the first original canoe lock, the original Ermatinger-Clergue Old Stone House, Bush Plane Museum, the Sault Ste. Marie Art Gallery and Museum and the Sault Ste. Marie Canal.
Swim -- beaches at Point Des Chenes, Harmony, others...
Steelback Centre - New sports and entertainment complex downtown - concerts & events.
Algoma University College -- Computer Game Conference
Major Employers: Algoma Steel Incorporated, St Mary's Paper, Tenaris, OLG (Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation), Ministry of Natural Resources, Sault College, various call centers)
Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC): Catylist for IT jobs in the region. [www.ssmic.com], [www.itssm.com]
Sault Seller has classifieds, as do many of the online news sites
Ernies Cafe , inexpensive, great and the portions are very generous
Blueboy Restaurant, serving the best & biggest Pazerotti's in town!
Joey Calzone's Italian Eatery, although the Soo has an overload of Italian Restaurants, this is "NOT JUST ANOTHER ITALIAN RESTAURANT". The fun atmosphere is created through the colourfully decorated walls and great staff.
Hard Wok Cafe (formerly Purple Lantern)
Dock's Riverfront Grill (89 Foster Dr, 705-256-6868) Waterfront restaurant serving American cuisine, along with pool and late night dancing
Aurora's West Side - Italian. Good meals, not very expensive.
Mrs. B's - best pizza in town, secret recipe, authentic
Service Grill - Mom & Pop business, old world italian
Gino's Family Restaurant(Great Northern Road)-Best Steakhouse in town!
North 82 Steak & Beverage Co (82 Great Northern Rd, 705-759-8282) Specializes in steaks and prime rib.
Cochs Corner- days inn . a classic pub with great options for every taste and a large selection of draught beer
A Thymely Manner- 531 Albert Street East, 705-759-3262 one of best homestyle restaurants in Ontario(rated as such)
Gran Festa Ristorante (180 Bay Street, in Quality Inn), 705-945-9322) Named one of the best places to eat in Canada by Ann Hardy's Book "Where to eat in Canada" Black Angus steaks and prime rib, seafood, pasta, ribs and chicken.
Amici Ristorante - the service is great and it has all the Italian staples.
Cesira's Italian Cuisine (133 Spring Street, 705-949-0600) Established in 1972, they server over a dozen handmade pastas, including gluten-free options.
Arturo's - 113 Gore, 705-253-0002)Classic Italian faire in an elegant but cozy atmosphere
Franzisi's - Italian. Don't expect quick food, but it is good. Attention paid to details - the chef flies his tomatoes in from California
Panna - Eclectic and expensive. Does theme nights (greek, sushi, indian, etc) Best new restaurant, modern, dark wood floors
Solo Trattoria - great Italian and mediteranean food. Very cozy atmosphere
Studio 10 - Adult entertainment.
Loplops - Art Gallery & Martini Lounge. Has live music most evenings, typically of the folk and eclectic variety. Crowd is mixed and 'upscale' in comparison to most places in town. Not easily noticed from Queen street, park in back. One of the 'Core Four' within two blocks of downtown Queen Street. Always mixing it up with artists, wine/beer tasting events, live music...not to mention great drinks.
Foggy Notions - Rock bar. Live music most nights, played loud, and many out of town bands. Crowd is usually either young (under 25) or old (40+). One of the 'Core Four' within two blocks of downtown Queen Street.
Bottoms Up Lounge - Across from the Steelback Centre and just upstairs from Vincenzo's Restaurant, stocked with domestic & imported beers, premium liquors and the Sault Ste. Marie's largest selection of martinis (99 and counting!). Promises a warm and inviting atmosphere for meeting with clients, unwinding after a long day or enjoying a night out with friends. Open Tuesday through Saturday at 7pm. Often live music on the weekends of an eclectic variety.
Top Hat - Billiards, darts, general game room. Large area. Mixed ages, often younger (under 30). One of the 'Core Four' within two blocks of downtown Queen Street.
Docks - Large, sometimes very busy with a lineup. Three sections: Restaurant, billiards, and dance club. Billiards area has live music on weekends, while the restaurant section is closed early (10pm-ish). On the river a five minute walk from the Queen St core.
RiverRock / O'Aces - Formerly known as the Royal. 'Rock is much larger. Can be a busy and active watering hole & club. Rowdy reputation at times. Generally younger crowd with many older regulars.
Reggie's - Country bar. Older clientele. Restaurant is open during the day. Known for its burgers.
Canadian - Split into two sections, dance club downstairs, pub/lounge upstairs. Mixed clientele, with the downstairs bar catering to the younger crowd. Thursdays usually very busy. Who knew you could buy beer on Tues. for Canadian Tire money?!
Smack Daddy's - Small sports bar. Busy after soccer, softball, hockey, etc games with teams coming in. Large covered & heated smoker's patio. Adjacent to the Canadian on Pim Street.
U Betcha - Sports Bar & Grill in the Station Mall. Large collection of memorabilia. Has tv trivia games. Relaxed but pricey, more restaurant than bar.
Sportscenter - Sports Bar & Grill. See U Betcha, but smaller and more pub-ish.
Glow Nightclub - Located on Gore Street, open Friday and Saturday, $1 drinks, caters to younger crowd, trendy and modern dance club.
Roosevelt Hotel - "The Rosie" - Local watering hole in the West End. Well kept, cheap beer. Live country music.
Steamy Bean Cafe (sometimes live music and lots of yummy goods), also sells fair trade organic whole bean and ground coffee
The corner of Brock and Wellington has a sweet Bed and Breakfast.
HI-Sault Ste Marie, Algonquin Hotel, 864 Queen Street East, +1 705 253-2311, . Beds start at $23 per night.
Motels up and down the Golden Mile (Great Northern Road)
Best Western (formerly the Ramada) with 5-story water slide, in Hotel restaurant, free hot tub, sauna, and fitness center.
Holiday Inn - on the river, walk the boardwalk and you are right downtown and apparently lots of awards to staff for excellent customer service
Water Tower Inn - great spa, pool, Lone Star restaurant and Bar
Bay Front Quality Inn - 2 million dollar renovation completed summer of 2008 - home of the award winning Gran Festa Ristorante
Telus, Bell, Rogers, T-Bay Tel; no Fido/Microcell digital coverage
No coverage north of town! - Very limited in even in north end of city limit (5th Line)
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