Engineer’s Day 2022 Allowing Visitors Across Soo Locks

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers announced Monday that for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors will be allowed across the Soo Locks for this year’s Engineer’s Day.

The Soo Locks have hosted Engineer’s Day since 1975. Engineer’s Day is traditionally held the last Friday in June to honor the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ June 16, 1775 birthday.

Officials say visitors are welcome into the Soo Locks facility and across the locks from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 24.

“Visitors are welcome to cross the gates, but the buildings will remain closed,” said Area Engineer Kevin Sprague.

According to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, visitors will also be welcomed into the Soo Locks complex, the Soo Locks Canal Park, viewing platform and Visitors Center. All will open to the public from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The City of Sault Ste. Marie is also closing a portion of Portage Avenue to focus on downtown city merchants and vendors.

Officials say Downtown Portage Avenue will close to vehicle traffic and open for pedestrians and vendors on Ferris Street to Osborn Boulevard from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 24.

Moreover, Engineer’s Day 2022 will bring back some traditional partner events such as the United States Coast Guard open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Craft Show at the City Hall grounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the new Lake Superior State University Center for Freshwater Research and Education will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 24.

“The Soo Locks are so important to our history and our community, this annual event helps us celebrate that,” said Linda Hoath, director of the Sault Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Last year we closed the street and had great success, we look forward to combining the street closure with the locks being opened to the public.”

To register to be a vendor (no-cost) on Portage Avenue, contact the Sault Ara Convention and Visitors Bureau at 906-632-3366, or email them here.