Sault Ste. Marie, or “the Soo” as it is affectionately known, is one of the best places to visit for a unique dose of both hospitality and history. The city, situated along the shores of the St. Marys River and Lake Superior, has been a traditional gateway into Canada via water, land, and air.
When you fly from Timmins to Sault Ste. Marie, make a quick stop in the downtown core for some authentic International cuisine. The city’s restaurants are celebrated for their global offerings that include Japanese, Italian, and some Northern Ontario-inspired delicacies.
With food “soo good”, there’s little wonder why Sault Ste. Marie has been a rest stop for travellers over the years. The Sault Ste. Marie Canal, completed in 1895, was once one of the more popular routes through Northern Ontario.
Wander along the shores of the St. Marys River, and cross the waters on the Attikamek Trail. On the historic route of the Ojibway, Attikamek is a family-friendly trail that runs by the canal and connects to trails on Whitefish Island, a popular trail for hiking, biking, and kayaking.
For a different view of Sault Ste. Marie, stop by the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. Uncover the rich aviation history of the region in the collection of vintage aircraft that includes bush planes and water bombers. When you fly from Timmins to Sault Ste. Marie, get a firsthand look at one of these planes in action at the annual Bushplane Days Festival.
Explore the 1,550 square km of boreal forest in Lake Superior Provincial Park with a flight from Timmins to Sault Ste. Marie.
Relive the legendary tales of the area’s earliest settlers, the Ojibway, at Agawa Rock. Here, the beautifully preserved rock paintings depict scenes of nature and daily life at the time. Head onto the Agawa Rock Pictograph Trail to get to this preserved site. Found on a rocky outcrop near Lake Superior, the ancient paintings are only accessible when weather conditions are favourable.
Throughout the park are many other trails that make for a great hike in the Northern wilderness. Take in scenic vistas of lofty woodlands, a pebble beach, and waterfalls on the Orphan Lake Trail.
Seasoned hikers may enjoy a more rigorous climb across the Agawa Canyon. Traverse the rugged terrain uphill, with a trek on the 10 km Awausee Trail. Look-outs line this steep pathway that transitions from an old logging road to a 200 metre ascent into the forest. At the trail’s highest points, hikers can take in the breathtaking views of the landscape below.
One of the largest parks in Ontario, it may take a few days to fully experience these superior outdoors. Fortunately, Rabbit Blanket Lake Campground and Agawa Bay Campground are available for visitors to spend the night in the park. In the morning, launch a canoe from the pristine beaches at either campground for an early start on the serene waters.
Hop on one of the 11 trails within Lake Superior Provincial Park, when you fly from Timmins to Sault Ste. Marie.
On the edge of Sault Ste. Mare is the Shore Ridges Conservation Area. The suitably named park spans the shores of Lake Superior. Visit the woods and wetlands of this nature reserve when you fly from Timmins to Sault Ste. Marie.
At 1,100 acres, the Shore Ridges Conservation Area is a year-round destination for wildlife enthusiasts. Enjoy an easy hike on the park’s two main trails during summer, which become perfect cross-country ski routes in the winter.
Along the pathways are the occasional sightings of the area’s wildlife. With a bit of luck, you may even spot some larger animals like the rare Canadian lynx. Birdwatchers along the trails will discover a wild variety of great blue heron, sparrows, and woodpeckers.
Hikers can climb to the lookout on the Indian Ridge Trail for a stunning view of Chêne Island in Lake Superior. Make sure to look up and catch some seagulls soaring above the narrow island, which is a prime nesting spot for them.
Make sure to head towards the park’s beaches on the Beaver Trail. The sandy path is brightened by the whites of Ontario’s trillium flowers, which makes it a popular stop for outdoor enthusiasts who are on their way to the scenic banks of the St. Marys River.
After your hike, relax on the smooth stretch of sand at Pointes des Chênes Beach. Only a short distance from the park, the beach marks the point where Lake Superior joins the St. Marys River. Bring a beach towel for a bit of sunbathing following a dip in the water.
Wander over to the Shore Ridges Conservation Area, if you’re looking for a fun-filled, sure thing to do on a trip to Sault Ste. Marie from Timmins.
Fly from Timmins Victor M. Power Airport (YTS) to Sault Ste. Marie Airport (YAM), with a quick connection in Toronto. Timmins to Sault Ste. Marie flight time is 2 hours and 21 minutes on average. Connection times vary. The distance from Timmins to Sault Ste. Marie is around 1,082 km / 672 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.
Porter’s check-in desk is located in the departures area, near security checkpoint A.
Timmins Victor M. Power Airport (YTS) is about 13 km / 8 mi from downtown Timmins.
Taxis from downtown cost about $25 CAD. Car service costs about $70 CAD.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.
Sault Ste. Marie Airport (YAM) is about 19 km / 12 mi from downtown Sault Ste. Marie.
Car rental services are available at Sault Ste. Marie Airport (YAM).
Taxi and car service to downtown costs about $45 CAD.