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Sault planning for busy cruise ship season

Seventeen visits are planned between June and October
Cruise ship Victory 1, docked at the Roberta Bondar tent pavilion in September 2016. (David Helwig, SooToday)

Sault Ste. Marie will host a number of cruise ships in 2017, which is expected to bring 5,000 visitors to the city.

The city is slated to have 17 visits from various ships through the season, which runs from June to October.

By comparison, the Sault had 20 ship visits in 2016, and roughly 4,000 visitors to the city. At the time, Ian McMillan, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie’s executive director, said it was the best year ever for cruise ship traffic.

While stopped at the port, travellers visit attractions like the Canadian Bush Plane Heritage Centre, the Art Gallery of Algoma and the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site, in addition to trips up Highway 17 north to Lake Superior.

Overall, 2016 was a banner year for Sault tourism. Reservations for the Agawa Canyon Train Tour were up, as were bus tours. The city also did a brisk business hosting conferences and sports events.