The Soo Locks in Sault Ste Marie officially opened at 12:01 Friday morning.
The Roger Blough was the first freighter into the locks Friday morning.
Six other ships were also waiting to continue on to their destinations.
Ship enthusiasts mark their calendars each year to make the trip.
One trekked through the snow storm all the way from Holly, Michigan.
“They are a bunch of crazy people!” jokes boat enthusiast Mike Mishler. “No, they are awesome friends. I have met a lot of awesome people up here. A great, caring, compassionate group that cares about the Great Lakes and the maritime community.”
The Soo Locks visitors center has their open house from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday.