The City of Sault Ste. Marie is a beautiful city with a great and storied history. We are Michigan’s oldest European settlement, founded in 1668. We are located on the St. Mary's River which is home to the Soo Locks, the busiest in the world. The city is proud of her historic treasures, such as the Museum Ship Valley Camp, Fort Brady, and several historic churches.
In recent years we have seen a real growth in our community with: the initiation of our Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) and street re-building program with overall cost $35 million, the U.S. Coast Guard residential subdivision, the completion of the Downtown Streetscape Project, the construction of Avery Square (a retail office and senior housing complex), the Sault Tribe Kewadin Casino and Health Facilities, the construction of our Air Industrial Park and a new passenger terminal, and the emergence of several successful industrial manufacturers. Our quality of life is strengthened by such activities, places, and projects as: the Soo Locks Festival, Professional In-Fisherman Walleye Tournament, I-500 Snowmobile Race, and the City's Public Golf Course and Sherman Park on the St. Mary's River, several ice arenas, Project Pride -- Van Citter's Field, Project Playground and Project Park - Sault Seal Recreation Area snow tubing and skiing.
The mission of the City of Sault Ste. Marie is to provide a sustainable small urban environment in an international setting for the well-being of its citizens by planning for and managing its physical development in an environmentally friendly manner, by fostering an economy to support its public and private infrastructure, and by nurturing historical, cultural, and recreational activities that enhance the quality of life within it.