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Winter Fun in Sault Ste. Marie

Think small-town charm with big-city eats. Combine that with a plethora of outdoor activities and you have the recipe for a perfect winter weekend!

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I immediately fell in love with Sault Ste Marie after my first visit in 2017. Combine the surrounding beauty of Algoma, top-notch eats, rich history and incredible Indigenous heritage and you’ll see why Sault Ste Marie is truly special.

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Lindsay Davies Bit by the travel bug, Lindsay is an avid hiker and waterfall chaser. She seeks local experiences wherever she goes as she hunts for what truly makes a destination unique.

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When to visit

Winter

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- winter jacket, snow pants, winter boots, hat, mittens, etc

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Winter Fun in Sault Ste Marie


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Fuel Up With the Best Breakfast in Town

When you have a full day of winter fun planned, it’s important to ensure you’ve got the fuel you need to brave the cold. What better way to start your day than with a hearty breakfast? If you’re going to eat anywhere in Sault Ste Marie, it has to be The Breakfast Pig. Specializing in breakfast food, owner and chef Angela puts her heart and soul into every dish she makes. All pork is sourced from a local farm and the restaurant is Feast ON certified, meaning at least 25% of all food ingredients are sourced from Ontario. I can say with certain

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Fuel Up With the Best Breakfast in Town

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Lace Up Your Skates on the Local Skate Trail

Outdoor skating trails are the newest winter trend and I was thrilled to see that Sault Ste Marie jumped on it! One of the newer skate trails in Ontario, these kilometer-long serpentine trails offer beautiful views of the St Mary’s River. Meander through some of the installations in the Art Gallery of Algom’s outdoor sculpture park as you enjoy the route. It’s the perfect spot for an adorable date night or to spark a little romance during your winter getaway, especially on weekends when you’ll find bonfires to keep you nice and toasty off the ice. Be sure to stop by the concession stand and grab a s’mores kit!

Lace Up Your Skates on the Local Skate Trail

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Explore the Hiawatha Highlands

Hiawatha is a popular spot to hike and bike in the warmer months but in the winter is when it truly shines. Lose yourself in the white tundra as pines and birch trees tower over you, clothed in a fluffy blanket of snow. With over 40 km of trails spread across 14 routes of varying difficulties, you’ll have a wonderful time whether you’re a seasoned winter adventurer or just looking to get outside for some fun. If you don’t have your own gear, ski and snowshoe rentals are available at the park office. That’s not all, though! Are you a fan of cycling? Another option is to hop on a fat bike! Be warned though, it’s a lot harder than it looks - I know this all too w

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Explore the Hiawatha Highlands

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Grab a Nightcap at a Local Brewery

Looking for a pint of local beer to end your day exploring the winter tundra? You can’t go wrong at either of Sault Ste Marie’s breweries. The Soo’s original brewery, Northern Superior, has been around for over a century. While it had a decade hiatus in the 2000s, a trio of local entrepreneurs gave the brewery new life. My favourite is their Red Maple Irish Ale so I say give it a try! The newest brewery on the block is Outspoken Brewery. As their saying goes, they may be a small brewery but they’ve got a big voice! This is also a great spot to go if you’re looking for a bite to eat as well as a pint since they’ve teamed up with their neighbours Shabby Motley

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Grab a Nightcap at a Local Brewery

Relax before the night end

Hosted by Outspoken Brewing

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Indulge in Some International Eats

For a city with a population of less than 100,000 people, you’ll be blown away by the variety of restaurants you’ll find - and how amazing the food is at each one. Want a taste of Scotland? Head to The Whiskey Barrel for a Scotch Egg or even Haggis just like you’d get in Edinburgh. Need a dose of caffeine with some homemade fare? Don’t miss visiting Sarah at Scott Coffee Co - she has some of the best treats in town. If she has Skor or Caramilk Cheesecake on the menu… let’s just say you’ll seriously regret not grabbing a slice. Would you expect to find Syrian food in Northern Ontario? Chances are you answered no but let me tell you, Georgie’s can’t be b

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Indulge in Some International Eats

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Chase Frozen Waterfalls

I think we can all agree that waterfalls are beautiful at any time of the year, however, they’re next level gorgeous in the winter. The unique ice formations that come with the cold weather will have you thinking you just stepped into a scene from Frozen. Personally, I’d say the top spot in Sault Ste Marie would be Crystal Falls located in the aforementioned Hiawatha Highlands, though there are a few others in the area. Just a short half-hour drive north you’ll find Chippewa Falls and another hour north of that is Sand River Falls in Lake Superior Provincial Park. The pull-offs aren’t as well maintained in the winter season often due to heavy snowfall so come wi

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Chase Frozen Waterfalls

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Cast a Line & Fish For Your Dinner

Ice fishing is one of those quintessentially Canadian winter experiences that everyone has to try at least once. Also, does it get any more satisfying than CATCHING your own dinner? Sault Ste Marie has plenty of options to go fishing. Perch, pike, walleye and steelhead lurk in the St Marys Rapids and Lake Superior is home to trout, splake and whitefish. Ice fishing is a beast all on its own though, so if you’re not much of an angler, I recommend hiring a guide to take you out and there’s nobody better than Adam of Angling Algoma. He’ll have all the gear you’ll need and insider knowledge to snag yourself some dinner! Tell him Suzy Snags-a-lot sent you.

Cast a Line & Fish For Your Dinner

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