Category Archives: Tourism

Produce and community: putting Sault Ste Marie, Ontario On the Map


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Sault Ste Marie, Ontario is a big city, more than 75 thousand people live there. But in all the hustle and bustle of big city life, the city manages to create pockets with a small town community feel.

One of those pockets is the Mill Market farmers market.
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A tale of two Saults


Aerial Images of the International Bridge, Soo Locks, and St Marys river area, including views of Sault St. Marie Ontario, and Sault St. Marie Michigan

Aerial Images of the International Bridge, Soo Locks, and St Marys river area, including views of Sault St. Marie Ontario, and Sault St. Marie Michigan


When you say ‘I’m going to Sault Ste Marie,’ you could be going up north like many people do every summer, or you might need a passport.

When two cities have the same name, things can get a little confusing, but if you look deeper at the similarities and differences, things can clear up.
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Campaign promoting businesses along I-69 expands to southern Michigan

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An effort to promote economic development in Genesee and Shiawassee counties is expanding south to the Michigan-Indiana border.

The effort began 5 years ago to promote development along the I-69 corridor. This summer, the effort is expanding south to include the cities of Charlotte, Coldwater and Marshall, Michigan. Continue reading

Protesters rally against pipeline under Mackinac Strait

Protesters rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday, demanding that an oil and gas pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac be shut down.

Protesters rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday, demanding that an oil and gas pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac be shut down.

Environmental activists rallied at the state Capitol today to protest an oil and gas pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. The pipeline is operated by Enbridge Energy – the company responsible for a massive oil spill in the Kalamazoo River in 2010. Continue reading

Rise and fall of the Beaver Island Mormon kingdom

Beaver Island Historical Society Museum in the restored home of James Strang.

Beaver Island Historical Society Museum in the restored home of James Strang.

Bands of Native Americans, Irish famine fleer’s and even a Dominican convent have all called the secluded coasts of Beaver Island home.

Also finding solace on the island, at least temporarily, was a group of Mormons who declared a kingdom on the Northern Lake Michigan Island.
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On The Map visits Beaver Island’s first radio station.

Winslow in the radio stations master control room.

Winslow in the radio stations master control room.

When Dennis Winslow proudly opened the door to the home of Beaver Island’s first radio station he grinned from ear to ear.

“Noone knows this is back here,” he said. Continue reading

‘On The Map’ visits CMU’s Beaver Island facility

Uzarski and crew sinking equipment.

Uzarski and crew sinking equipment.

Our first stop on Beaver Island is a one-of-a-kind biological research facility operated by Central Michigan University.

Don Uzarski is director of CMU’s Great Lakes Research Institute, and my captain when I went for a lesson on the water. Continue reading

Vintage trailers and motor coaches tour around Northern Michigan

The Tin Can Tourists, a vintage camping group, will tour state parks in northern Michigan July 30-Aug. 8

The Tin Can Tourists, a vintage camping group, will tour state parks in northern Michigan July 30-Aug. 8

A vintage camper and trailer tour is hitting the road this week.

A group called the “Tin Can Tourists Club” is sponsoring the tour. The group enjoys the restoration and history of trailers and campers. Continue reading

New program at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park aimed at dog owners

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The title of bark ranger could be yours at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park.

The volunteer will bring their dog to the lakeshore trails and educate other pet owners about pet rules and park information. Continue reading

Mackinac Island on list for most romantic spot in the world

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Out of all of the destinations in the world, Mackinac Island is in the running for the most romantic spot.

In a contest held by USA Today, Mackinac Island is currently ranked 2nd out of 20, for the most romantic spot in the world. The island trails Porto, Portugal. But is ahead of spots like the Bahamas, Colombia, and Argentina.

The quaint island is one out of four places in the U.S. to make it on the list.

Voting for the top spot will continue until August 3rd.

To vote for Mackinac Island, follow this link: http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-under-the-radar-romantic-destination/mackinac-island-mich/

‘On The Map’ discovers hidden masterpieces in Clare

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A piece of history – actually four pieces of history – are hidden, in plain sight, on the walls of the Clare Middle School.

Four giant murals adorn the walls of the Clare Middle School auditorium, and they have been there since 1938 when the building was the high school. Continue reading

‘On The Map’ visits America’s safest bakery: Cops & Doughnuts

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Today our On The Map series makes its next stop in Clare.

As you drive down any highway in Michigan, you may see an unfamiliar (or familiar) billboard for “Cops & Doughnuts” a ‘World Famous Bakery in Clare.’ Talking with the owners of the bakery you would never know these guys are world famous, as they act like a friendly hometown neighbor. Continue reading

River restoration beginning final step

After more than 20 years, restoration work on the St. Mary’s River in the Eastern Upper Peninsula is nearly complete

Scientists from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality plan to remove a blockage from the river which they say will help restore roughly seventy (70) acres of prime sport fishing area.
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Parking in downtown Sault Ste. Marie? There’s an app for that

Downtown Sault Ste. Marie

Downtown Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie will soon be rolling out a new mobile app that allows downtown patrons to pay for parking meters with their smartphone.

Users just download the app (the name will soon be released) and type in a code listed on the decal of the meter. A credit card or bank account can be linked with the app. The rate will be the same as using coins, but for those using credit cards, a fee of $00.35 will be added. Change can still be used on the meters.

Justin Knepper is the Downtown Manager of the Sault Downtown Development Authority. He said the upgrade will help tourists who visit and the employees who work downtown.

“We have over 470 meters in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, close to over 5,000 employees, half a million tourists that come into Sault Ste. Marie each year, and so the meters really help us make sure that our shoppers and our tourists have a place to park.”

Knepper explained how he is hoping this app will make things more convenient for downtown shoppers.

“You park at a meter and not have to worry about rushing back immediately or forgetting about it and getting a ticket, it gives you that option to be right on top of things and make sure you’re taking care of your business in the most efficient way possible. We hope that it will provide a really great convenience factor.”

The app and meters are expected to be upgraded by August.