If you are new to Sault Ste. Marie then you may not know some of the local lingo.
A trip north on Peoples Road, past Second Line West and a left on Elliott Road will take you to Garson’s hill, now a part of Elliott sports park.
Kids spend their days in the winter much like they have for generations, going hell bent for leather, down the hill on anything that slides.
To locals the name Garson’s hill comes with its own memories not just of the hill but of the people who owned the land.
John and Helen Garson owned the land according to their Great Granddaughter Marcy St. John in response to a Facebook post inquiring about the land.
Jarod Madhill remembers a winter day when he was a child.
“I was just a kid when sledding on Garsons hill and slid into the creek,” said Madhill. “Soaking wet they took me up to the farmhouse and Mrs Garson got me warm gave me some dry clothes and took me home. Some memories really are special.”
Suzanne Poulin spent lots of time there growing up too.
“Many fond winter memories on that hill. In the summer we’d walk the tracks and go to the trestle for exploring and on a hot day a quick swim. Those were the times to be a kid,” said Poulin.
Community members recall fishing for speckled trout, swimming and many other activities around that hill growing up.
In order to bring more people to the hill the city has now installed a big blue chair as part of a project getting people to enjoy the city.
Stay with SaultOnline as we bring you more of the history of Sault Ste. Marie.