Quality of Life


Arts and Culture


From a bustling film sector, to a number of festivals and events celebrating its rich heritage, the arts and culture scene in Sault Ste. Marie is alive and well.

Festivals & Events

Celebrate at the Algoma Fall Festival, Art at the Docks, Shadows of the Mind Film Festival, Ontario Winter Carnival Bon Soo or one of the many other arts and culture events in Sault Ste. Marie.

For dates and other information, visit the Festivals and Events web page from Tourism Sault Ste. Marie.


Located on the grounds of Algoma University, the Algoma Conservatory of Music has blossomed to become one of the largest and most recognized music schools in the province.

Sault Ste. Marie is also home of the GFL Memorial Gardens (formerly the Essar Centre), Northern Ontario's most modern sports and entertainment complex. In recent years, the venue has hosted a number of major acts, including Elton John, KISS, Jerry Seinfeld, Sheryl Crow, Blue Man Group, the Backstreet Boys, Brad Paisley and Blue Rodeo.

The community is also home to the Northern Ontario Country Music Hall of Fame.

Theatre and Cinema

Care to take in an evening theatre show? Sault Ste. Marie offers a number of venues, including:

For movie buffs, the community boasts a multi-plex cinema, from Galaxy Cinemas.

As well, every year, Sault Ste. Marie hosts the Shadows of the Mind Film Festival, which features documentaries, full-length films and other productions from around the world.