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Soo Locks, Sault Ste. Marie

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web
See how 10,000 ships travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes every year at Soo Locks. Historically significant, the first versions of these locks were built in 1855 to accommodate a 6.4 m (21 ft) drop between Lake Superior and Lake Huron, and they still are noted for their engineering prowess. Today vessels traveling through the lock system here transport more than 86 million tons of cargo. The locks are named for the two cities on either side of the St. Marys River, one in Michigan and one in Canada. Both cities are names Sault Ste. Marie, with Sault pronounced as "Soo." The locks now make up 2.6 km (1.6 mi) of a canal that is run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Make Soo Locks a part of your Sault Ste. Marie vacation plans using our Sault Ste. Marie trip itinerary planner.
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  • This is worth the stop to watch large tankers and freighters make their way through the locks. There is no charge. There is a sheltered viewing area to watch from. There is also a building with exhibi...  read more »
  • It was a cold rainy day which made it hard to stay out the whole time, however it was interesting to see how the ships are able to get from one lake to another from different heights! Would have been ...  read more »
  • This was a neat stop to watch a tanker and some smaller ships move thru the locks. Parking is on the street and is metered, so have change handy! 
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