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Overview of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

Sault Ste. Marie ('Sault' pronounced 'soo;' nicknamed 'the Sault' or 'the Soo'.) is a city on the St. Mary`s River in Ontario, Canada. It is the third largest city in Northern Ontario, after Greater Sudbury and Thunder Bay.

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  • Population: 74,566
  • Population Density: 110.3/km²
  • Area: 715 km²
  • Latitude: 46°31?N
  • Longitude: 84°20?W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 192 m. above sea level
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

This area was originally called Baawitigong, meaning 'place of the rapids,' by the Ojibwa, who used the site as a regional meeting place during whitefish season in the St. Mary`s Rapids. (The anglicized form of this name, Bawating, continues to be used in institutional and geographic names in the area.) During World War II, and particularly after the US was attacked at Pearl Harbor in 1941, concern turned to the locks and shipping channel at Sault Ste. Marie. A substantial military presence was established to protect the locks from a possible attack by German aircraft from the north.

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Sault Ste. Marie's Demographics

Sault Ste. Marie has many Italian immigrants. The city has a large concentration of Italians for a community its size. Italians are easily the largest ethnic group present in the city with many of the major streets and public facilities, being named after Italians. Those who are of European origin constitute 91.6% of the population, including those who are of Italian, Franco-Ontarian, English, and Nordic, and southern European descent. Aboriginals or Native Canadians constitute 7.8%, and those who are Chinese, Asian, Black, and Filipino make the remainder of the population.

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Sault Ste. Marie's Climate

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Education in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Sault Ste.Marie has several elementary and secondary schools along with Catholic and French sperate schools. The city is also home to Sault College, a college of applied arts and technology, and to Algoma University College, a federated school of Laurentian University in Sudbury.

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Transportation around Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

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Tourism and Attractions of Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie has many tourist attractions including Casino Sault Ste.Marie, Searchmont Ski Resort, Station Mall, lock tours and boat cruises, art galleries and museums, just to name a few.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • Gros Cap
  • Island Lake
  • Heyden
  • Goulais Bay
  • Karalash Corners
  • Garden River
  • Echo Bay
  • Leeburn
  • Desbarats
  • Plummer

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Geography of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Sault Ste. Marie is bordered to the east by the Rankin and Garden River First Nation reserves, and to the west by Prince Township. To the north, the city is bordered by an unincorporated portion of the Algoma District, with Heyden as the nearest community. To the south, across the river, is the United States and the city of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

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Sault Ste. Marie's Government

Sault Ste. Marie is governed by a Mayor (John Rowswell) and two Councillors representing each of the six Wards.

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Sault Ste. Marie's Economy and Industry

Sault Ste. Marie has made a name for itself in steel-making, and Algoma Steel is the largest employer with 3150 employees at the main plant. Forestry is also a major local industry. The newest major industry involves business process outsourcing, with five call centres located within city limits. The largest employer of the five call centres is the Sutherland Group which employs about 920 people in the community. Another very large employer in the community is the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLGC).

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Sault Ste. Marie's Culture and Significant Events

Sault Ste. Marie hosts the annual Algoma Fall Festival which draws local and international performing artists. Prominent venues in the city, including The Kiwanis Community Theatre and the landmark Central United Church are used for the performances.

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Sports in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Sault Ste. Marie is the home of the Memorial Cup champions Sault Greyhounds hockey team. Starting in the fall of 2006, the Greyhounds will play in the new Steelback Centre, a state-of-the-art downtown arena.

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Media of Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie is home to two newspapers, the daily Sault Star and weekly Sault This Week. Online news sites such as SooToday.com and SooNews.ca have emerged in recent years and also keep residents up-to-date on local and world news.

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