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Soo Locks, Sault Ste. Marie
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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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  • We went with our 4 kids ages 9, 7, 5 and 3. It was very informative with awesome history lessons that my husband and I loved. Our tour guide had some really cool fun facts he was telling us and could ...  more »
  • Awesome to watch this feat of engineering!! It's a slow process but incredible to watch. Very educational too... would be great for school age children. 
  • This is a no frills look at the locks. Luckily when we were there, a boat came in and we could see it being raised. The only real cost is the street parking. Getting to the area where you can view the...  more »