For those of you that haven’t read Lonely Planet’s article on Sault Ste Marie, it is below. Read it and you be the judge. Is the Sault some place that you would say, “there is the place I want to spend my holiday?”
For years I have been approaching people in the so called right places with ideas that might make our city more appealing and magnetizing to visit and for years, nothing has been done. I have spoken to manager after manager of the Downtown Association and the downtown still appears dreary and like a ghost town, yes a ghost town. During the last election I interviewed almost all the candidates and all of them agreed that something had to be done. My suggestion of making it like the city of Stratford, with music, art, buskers, and the like has fallen on deaf ears.
Reggie and Christine Daigle have the right idea. They threw the most successful and entertaining party ever held on Queen St. in June people packed that section of Queen St. to help Reggie celebrate his anniversary and if you ask him, that is what he envisions for all of Queen St. Stratford has millions of tourists visit it every year, why not Sault Ste. Marie. The only time the Sault rocks with people is during our annual Rotaryfest and now it’s time to make the downtown rock, year round.
Lonely Planet gave it’s honest opinion and now it’s time for us to take it on the chin and do something about it.
“Introducing Sault Ste Marie
‘The Soo,’ as it’s commonly known, quietly governs the narrow rapids between Lakes Huron and Superior. Perched along the last ‘steps’ of the St Lawrence Seaway, this sleepy city is the unofficial gateway to the far-flung regions of northwestern Ontario. Originally known as Baawitigong (‘Place of the rapids’) it was a traditional gathering place for the Ojibwe and remains a strong First Nations’ area today. French fur traders changed the name to Sault Ste-Marie (soo-saynt muh-ree) or ‘St Mary’s Falls,’ but don’t expect to see any today: they’ve been tamed into a series of gargantuan locks.
Let’s face it, Sault Ste-Marie is not the prettiest town. In many parts, it’s dreary. Downtown feels like a ghost town and can be sketchy after dark. Despite appearances, the Soo may be the friendliest place in Ontari-oo (sic) and it’s a logical overnight on Trans-Canada itineraries. There’s a US border crossing here too.”