Sault Ste. Marie - ON
Sault Ste. Marie is a city on the St. Marys River in Ontario, Canada. It is the seat of the Algoma District and the third largest city in Northern Ontario, after Sudbury and Thunder Bay. Sault Ste. Marie is one of the oldest French settlements in North America. It was at the crossroads of the 3,000-mile fur trade route, which stretched from Montreal to Sault Ste. Marie and to the North country above Lake Superior. A mixed population of Europeans, Native Americans and First Nations peoples, and Métis lived at the village spanning the river. The city name originates from Saults de Sainte-Marie, archaic French for “Saint Mary’s Falls”, a reference to the rapids of Saint Marys River. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario was incorporated as a town in 1887 and a city in 1912. The town gained brief international notoriety in 1911 in the case of Angelina Napolitano, the first person in Canada to use the battered woman defence for murder.
The city has made a name for itself in steel-making, and Essar Steel Algoma(formerly Algoma Steel) is the largest single employer with 3500 employees at the main plant and approximately 553 (440 unionized and 113 non-unionized) at an adjacent tube mill operated by Tenaris. During the 1940s, the steel and chromium operations were of substantial importance to the war effort in Canada and the United States.
Area tourist attractions include the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site, boat tours of the Sault locks (which connect Lake Superior with the lower Great Lakes), Whitefish Island, the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site, Casino Sault Ste. Marie, the Art Gallery of Algoma and the Algoma Central Railway’s popular Agawa Canyon Tour Train.
Nearby parks include Pancake Bay Provincial Park, Batchawana Bay Provincial Park and Lake Superior Provincial Park. Winter activities are also an asset to Sault Ste Marie’s tourism industry with the annual Bon Soo Winter Carnival, Searchmont Resort as a great ski and snowboard destination, Stokely Creek Lodge (cross country ski resort) and Hiawatha a nearby cross country ski trails. The city also hosts a large snowmobile trail system that criss-crosses the province of Ontario.
Other Useful Links
Sault Star Newspaper http://www.saultstar.com/
Sault This Week Newspaper http://www.saultthisweek.com/
Algoma District School Board http://www.adsb.on.ca/SitePages/main.aspx
Huron Superior Catholic District School board http://www.hscdsb.on.ca/
Meadow Park Montessori School http://www.meadowparkmontessori.com/
Colleges & Universities
Sault College http://www.saultcollege.ca/
Algoma University http://www.algomau.ca/
Lake Superior State University http://www.lssu.edu/
Health Care Connect
Health Care Connect helps assist Ontarians in finding a family doctor. People who are without a family doctor are referred to medical professionals such as nurse practitioners who are accepting new patients within the community. Register by phone at 1-800-445-1822
Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)
http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ohip/ or call their info line at 1-866-532-3161
Algoma Public Health http://www.algomapublichealth.com/
Hospitals & Medical Clinics
Sault Area Hospital http://www.sah.on.ca/
War Memorial Hospital http://www.warmemorialhospital.org/
Station Mall Walk in Clinic http://www.northeasthealthline.ca/displayservice.aspx?id=143855
Family Medicine and Drop in Clinic http://www.sooprofile.com/WPCLINIC.php?user=CLINIC
Riverside Medical Associates http://riversidemedicalassociates.net/