Jack’s Journal: Sault Ste. Marie
At the southern end sits Miami, a large dynamic city, sunshine and surf. 1,178 miles away at the tippy top of Interstate 75 is Sault Ste. Marie, a small dynamic city that doesn’t get as much sun, but knows surf.
“If you think about it, it’s an artery if you think of all the people from up north that go south for the winter. We are still so connected. Then in the summer, all those from Florida come here,” explains Linda Hoath, Sault Ste. Marie Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Soo has a rich history from the Native Americans to the British and French settlers arriving 500 years ago. The Soo is one of the country’s oldest catholic dioceses in the country. St. Mary’s Church, founded by Father Baraga sits on the historic site. Sault Ste. Marie is Michigan’s oldest city.
“The oldest city in the Midwest,” says Linda.
Yes it is. There is a lot to see here on the northern tip of I-75. Maybe no Latin discos, but there is the Tower of History, the old city hall. The Soo Locks are an amazing part of the Great Lakes state.
Of course, there are all the seasonal activities from fishing to snowmobiling.
One thing the Soo has that Miami doesn’t, Canada! Just across the river sits Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, and the two communities don’t really let a boarder stand in the way.
“Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, is our sister city. I can tell you, I have as many friends who live in Soo, Ontario, as I have over here,” says Linda.
Though the security for an international crossing is in place and on guard, the two cities have a bond.