727 Bay St.
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 6Y3
Phone: (705) 253-7533
Fax: (705) 253-7667
Arts & Museums
The Art Gallery of Algoma is a premium art museum with a collection ranging from various visual art forms. The center aims to serve as a medium for cultural expression by exhibiting artworks of national and international artists. With more than 4000 pieces of work that ranges from paintings, sculptures and photography are displayed inside the museum as well as at the outdoor garden, the museum is a fine place to observe these visual treats. Call or visit their website for more information.
Housed inside a 20th-century Dominion building which opened as a post office, Sault Ste. Marie Museum is governed by the Sault Ste. Marie and 49th Field Regiment R.C.A. Historical Society. The objective of the museum is to collect, preserve and exhibit various artifacts, and documents that showcases the history and development of the city. A tour to the historic museum would lead you through exhibits that portray transformation of various important landmarks of the city, changes in cultural behavior of people from the historic times, the history of Marines and Sports. For all those curious about the city and its history, the museum is a perfect place to visit. Call or visit their website for more information.
Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre is an aviation museum that makes for an interesting educational trip along with kids. Spread across a vast area of 2322 square meters (25,000 square feet), it is truly an amazing tourist attraction. The airplanes, interactive displays including forest fire displays, are a pleasure to explore. You can actually climb aboard a plane and sit in the pilot seat or check out the cargo area of the fighter plane. Apart from that, this space is also available for special occasions and private events.
The magic of this museum is that it is on the Camp Valley, an actual 11,500-ton ship that has been converted into a gallery of Lake Superior maritime history. Penciled in on the register of National Historic Places, it allows visitors to explore an actual lake freighter and see the pilothouse, eating quarters, and where its ore shipments were stored. A memorial and exhibit to the doomed Edmund Fitzgerald, which was made famous in song, is a must stop. And, in a bit or irony, the ship also houses five aquariums full of fish indigenous to Lake Superior. September and October times may vary, please call ahead.Admission: USD8 adults; USD4 kids (6-16).
The 20,000 square foot Valley Camp Museum contains interesting artifacts, paintings, shipwreck items, models and exhibits of objects related to maritime history on the Great Lakes, with such mementos of the Edmund Fitzgerald wreck on November 10, 1975 as two lifeboats. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places as an historic vessel, the Valley Camp also displays four 1,200-gallon aquariums stocked with various species of fish of the Great Lakes region.
Built in 1968 near the site where Father Marquette, an early pioneer to the area, constructed his first mission, this tower serves as an unusual tribute to the Upper Peninsula's first inhabitants. The tower climbs 210 feet into the Michigan sky, affording views of Lake Superior, Canada, and the Soo Locks, which ranks as the busiest shipping channel in the world. A roomy elevator whisks visitors to the top. So fear not, climbing is not necessary. The base of the tower houses exhibits detailing the Native Americans who once called the Upper Peninsula home. Admission: USD4 adults; USD2 kids (6-16). The place opens from Mid-May, please call ahead.
Housed in the old limestone post office built in the early 1900's, the River of History Museum on the waterfront was opened by the Sault Foundation for Culture & History in 1992, with the mission of preserving and promoting the history of the St. Mary