A night at the Soo Locks
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We drove from Whitefish Point and arrived in Sault Ste. Marie at around 5:00 in the evening. We stayed on the Michigan side of the locks, which has a very nice park and downtown area. After a quick rest, we headed that way in search of a great place to eat dinner. First, checked out the locks and spent some time walking around the park area. Across the street from the locks was a restaurant known for it's whitefish. Since we'd spent a good part of the afternoon at Whitefish Point, we thought that we should try the speciality of the area....and boy was it good!
After dinner, we checked out some of the shops in the area. In one window, I happened to see a sign for a Twilight Walking Tour. It talked about history, mysterious happenings, ghosts... and it was free! Sounded like my kind of tour! At the sun began to set, we went to the rendez-vous point and met up with the mysterious guide. Actually, there wasn't much mysterious about him. He told us a bit about what to expect and we were off on the walking tour through the downtown area. We learned about the history of the area, to the time of the French and the Native Americans, and visited some historical houses. We also learned about some of the mysterious shipwrecks off the coast, and heard about some sightings that had happened well after the ships had gone down! As it grew darker and we neared the end of the tour, we heard about the ghostly happenings in the city. It seems that several ghosts from the 1920's haunt the buildings in the area, with their late night parties and dancing. As it turns out, Sault Ste. Marie was the place to be during the prohibition - barrels would mysteriously float across the river from Canada, which kept the people in Michigan happy...if you know what I mean!
As the tour ended and it grew colder (not to mentioned that I was quite freaked out!), we headed back to our hotel. We were off to Mackinac Island in the morning!