See the Soo (the nickname for Sault Ste. Marie), with flights from Montréal to Sault Ste. Marie.
From the ice rink of the Essar Centre to the waters around Whitefish Island, there are things to do in Sault Ste. Marie for every time of year. Whether you’re watching the Soo Greyhounds during hockey season, or dropping a line into the St. Mary’s River during fishing season, Sault Ste. Marie is always inviting.
The tumultuous waters of the St. Mary’s River have been tamed by the Sault Ste. Marie Canal. A boat tour through the Soo Locks will have its ups and downs, but a journey through these monumental waterworks always ends on a high note. Watch your boat bob up over 6 metres, as you pass through the enormous US Locks and the historic Canadian Lock.
Pancake Bay Provincial Park and Lake Superior Provincial Park take you into Sault Ste. Marie’s superior outdoors. If you’re a fairweather camper, set your tent aside for Sault Ste. Marie’s winter activities. Cross-country skiing at Stokely Creek Lodge will light up even the coldest days. Find your Nordic nirvana in the cozy cabins (stocked with firewood) and traditional saunas.
If you stay in town, try tobogganing down Finn Hill. Dash through the snow on this extension of the John Rowswell Hub Trail. Join the Hub Club with a walk along this 25 km trail around Sault Ste. Marie. At the Downtown Waterfront section, you can stroll along the Sault Ste. Marie Boardwalk, and look out over the St. Mary’s River.
Learn more about the city you’re staying in during your trip from Montréal with a visit to the Sault Ste. Marie Museum. Or get an artistic lay of the land at the Art Gallery of Algoma, where Ontario’s natural beauty is in the spotlight.
Sweeten the deal on your trip from Montréal to Sault Ste. Marie, with a visit to Pancake Bay Provincial Park.
Soft, fine sand stretches for 3 km over Pancake Bay’s beaches. This almost powdery beach slopes into bright blue waters, more reminiscent of the Caribbean than Canada.
You can canoe through the calm waters of Batchawana Bay, or take on the challenge of Lake Superior’s often choppy waters. Paddle through the historic paths taken by the Voyageurs. These fur trade routes follow a formative era in Canada’s history. But your canoe doesn’t need to be birch bark to enjoy these scenic waterways.
Beneath the waves lurks a dark history. In 1975, a violent storm sunk the Edmund Fitzgerald. This ship is one of many to be found in the “graveyard of the Great Lakes”. From the surface, you can still see some of these wrecks, like spectres in Lake Superior.
Follow the 14 km Lookout Trail if you want to get a better view of the graveyard. You can take this trail on two feet or two wheels, but cyclists should be cautious on this rough backcountry path. Lined with yellow birch and sugar maple, the trail itself is as beautiful as its lookouts. Views of Pancake Bay and Lake Superior reward those who tackle this trail.
Moose and loons aren’t the only ones who call the park home. You can settle in for the night in one of Pancake Bay Provincial Park’s yurts. Outfitted with wood floors and outdoor fire pits, the yurts are far from roughing it. If you came from Montréal to get closer to nature, stake your tent at one of Pancake Bay’s many campsites.
Drive 1 hour and 20 minutes to go 200 years into the past at Fort St. Joseph.
Once called the “military Siberia of Upper Canada”, Fort St. Joseph’s history came to a head in the War of 1812. The most westerly of Upper Canada’s forts, Fort St. Joseph was used to protect Canadian fur trading during this tumultuous time.
You can walk among the remains of this once thriving community of fur traders, first nations peoples, and soldiers. Ghostly limestone ruins reveal the shape of the fort in its heyday. Some mystery remains around Fort St. Joseph’s chimney. There’s no clear answer what it was used for, and visitors are invited to ponder for themselves.
Learn more about Fort St. Joseph and its inhabitants at the St. Joseph Island Museum. Among the 7,000 artifacts, you’ll find relics from the fort, farm equipment, and a wreath woven from real human hair.
As you hike along the historic Rains Point and Cemetery trails, you’ll pass the marshes and maples that surround this national historic site of Canada. Beavers and moose make their homes around St. Joseph Island. But it’s this area’s winged wildlife that takes outdoor activities to new heights.
Birds of a feather flock to St. Joseph Island, creating ideal conditions for birdwatchers. With wetlands nearby, shorebirds and waterfowl are always in the air around the fort. Keep a camera or binoculars handy to spot the birds that live on St. Joseph Island. Avian enthusiasts can tick off a few species from their life list, before taking a flight back to Montréal.
Fly from Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) to Sault Ste. Marie Airport (YAM), with a quick connection in Toronto. Montréal to Sault Ste. Marie flight time is 1 hour and 30 minutes on average. Connection times vary. The distance from Montréal to Sault Ste. Marie is around 1,010 km / 630 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.