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Old November 27th, 2015, 07:04 AM   #1
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Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Phototour (November 2015)

The city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (population 75,000) is located on the St. Mary's River across from its namesake city in Michigan, USA via the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge. in Northern Ontario. Its name comes from the french word for the rapids on the St. Mary's River (les Saults de Ste. Marie). It is the site of a historic Canal constructed as part of a shipping route between Lake Superior and the Atlantic Ocean. The city is home to Essar Steel (formerly Algoma steel), the city's largest employer. Forestry was also once a prominent industry here before its decline in the mid-2000s. The city is rich with numerous tourist activities of museums and railway tours and several Ontario provincial parks are within an hour's drive of the city.

Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge at night...

View of the Sault Ste. Marie skyline...

The SSM Bridge again and the Canal Administrative Building...

The administrative building in the Sault Ste. Marie Canal Park was completed in 1896.

The locks of the historic Sault Ste. Marie Canal. It was built in 1895 and at the time of its completion, it was the largest electrically operated lock in the world. It became a part of the shipping route between Lake Superior and the Atlantic Ocean. A wall failed in 1987 and led to its closure. A new lock within the old lock re-opened in 1998 and today is used by recreation and tour boats. Major ship traffic uses the Canals on the U.S. side.

The Sault Ste. Marie Canal

Rotary Arch at the Waterfront...

Sault Ste. Marie Courthouse

Civic Centre and City Hall

View of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and the American side of the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge...

The Dominion Building, which housed the former Post Office and Customs Office, was built in 1902. It is presently the Sault Ste. Marie Historical Museum.

Queen Street scenes...

Algoma Building, now home to a Barbecue Restaurant and Bar

Historic Commercial Blocks on Queen Street

Bell Telephone Building

Essar Centre, home of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL junior hockey team... its alumni have included memorable NHL players like Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey, Ron Francis, Jeff Carter, Joe Thornton, Rick Tocchet, Tony Esposito, among others...

Post Office

Roberta Bondar Building, headquarters of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 09:45 PM   #2
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Nice pictures. It's too bad they couldn't keep the old arena there.
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