Welcome to Sault Ste. Marie’s regional hub page! Here you’ll find featured programming, related articles and an ON Culture Guide for the region.

As a natural highway into the Great Lakes, the Soo is forever linked to its river, the “Bawating” as named by the Ojibwe people. And as a gateway to the further-north, the city is a vibrant hub for arts and culture in Northern Ontario, including a rich Indigenous artist community.

Featured Events

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Check out the full listing of registered events and activities taking place in the region. There’s something for everyone!

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ON Culture Guide: Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie is a city forever linked to its river, named “Bawating” or “place of the rapids” by The Ojibwe people. When French colonists arrived in the 17th century, they named the area “Saults de Sainte-Marie”, or “St. Mary’s Falls” after the spectacular rushing waters. A natural highway into the Great Lakes, it’s no surprise that the city has thrived. Explore this northern city with our Sault Ste. Marie ON Culture Guide.

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Creative in Residence

Sarah Gartshore and Adam Francis Proulx are the leads for Project Nishin. Together they will explore community spaces for Indigenous creatives in Sault Ste. Marie. In connection with Fringe North, they will offer a unique focus on innovation and collaboration, and prioritizing process over product.

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Watch: Day in the Life

Check out the Day in the Life: Sault Ste. Marie video from our 2021 Culture Days festival! Go North to Sault Ste. Marie and the many communities who call the north shore of Lake Huron home. We spoke with Cassandra Shade, the Operations & Programming Coordinator at Thinking Rock Community Arts in Thessalon, the Algoma district of Northern Ontario. 2021 was Thinking Rock’s first time participating in the Ontario Culture Days festival!

The Art Gallery of Algoma and the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library are the proud partners of this Ontario Culture Days 2022 Regional Hub.

The Ontario Culture Days Regional Hub program is sponsored by OLG.