September 10/18 (Part 4) – Wawa to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario – The Road to Meatballs is Paved with Good Intentions

It was not a long driving day, as Wawa was only 2 hours and 22 minutes from Sault Ste. Marie. We had spent more time hiking than driving on this day. (two preceding posts).

All that being said, it was a pretty drive along Lake Superior. It was also uneventful, until we got to Sault Saint Marie, at which point, we were attacked by a killer car wash from the 90s. I have never seen such odd technology and I am sure the attendant has never seen such an inept user.

Now, a bit about Sault Ste. Marie, (Soo Saint Marie), a city on the St. Mary River, close to the U.S./Canada border. Again, this part of the trip was not about the cities and I must admit we did not explore the city, other than to find our hotel, a car wash, a liquor store and a place for dinner (in about that order). Next time. Dinner was an Italian feast, as you can see from the Feature photo.

The historic Ojibwe people called this place Baawitigong or Place of the Rapids and used it as a meeting place, during the whitefish season on the St. Mary’s River. In 1623, Etienne Brulé called it Sault de Gatson, in honour of Gaston, Duke of Orléans and brother of King Louis XIII of France. In 1668, it was renamed Sault Ste. Marie (Saint Mary’s Falls, by Jesuit missionaries who set up a mission settlement at Salt. Ste. Marie, Michigan. (Source:Wikipdia)

A fur trading post was set up here and it became the center of a 3,000 mile fur trading route.  It was incorporated as a town in 1888 and as a city in 1912. Population as of the 2016 census was 73,368, making it the third largest city in the area. The economy is fairly diversified with industry (steel and pipe making), forestry (flakeboard plant), business process outsourcing (call centers) and gaming (lottery commission) as well as tourism. (Source:Wikipedia)



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