Nicknamed “the Soo,” Sault Ste. Marie is located on the St. Mary’s River, just north of the United States border. It is in the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg and Métis people. The Soo is nestled in the heart of the Great Lakes, near Lakes Michigan, Superior, and Huron. It is one of the oldest European settlements in Canada, with French Jesuits claiming the area in the name of Louis XIV of France in 1668. Prior to settlement, Ojibwa communities lived close to the river, with whitefish making up the majority of their livelihood. These communities are still prominent in the area today. Shortly after French settlement, the region filled with prominent fur trading posts. There are several must-sees in the surrounding region, including the historic Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, the Ermatinger-Clergue Heritage Centre, and the Roberta Bondar Park. The Soo is also well known for its 19th-century Sault Ste. Marie Canal, lined with red sandstone buildings. It connects with its twin city, Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, by the International Bridge (a bridge between Canada and the U.S.). Take a walk along the boardwalk or along the many trails in the surrounding parks and conservation areas. Sault Ste Marie is surrounded by rich, lush forests of the Canadian North, with activities year-round, including ample fishing opportunities, cross-country skiing, kayaking and canoeing, Searchmont Ski Hill, and much more.