Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada


Take a look at some of the great things people have been saying about holding a sporting event in Sault Ste. Marie.



"You have set a very high standard that will be difficult for any other city to match. The accommodations, the food, the travel, the feeling throughout the city was first class."

- Mike Heny, East Region Coach, JUDO 2000 Ontario Winter Games Participant

"From the moment our bus arrived we were greeted by friendly and efficient volunteers who explained everything to the energized players and excited parents. The registration staff, the local hotel staff and the organizing committee did a tremendous job."

- Edna M. MacKenzie, Ottawa, Ontario, 2000 Ontario Winter Games Participant



 "The success of Finn Grand Fest 2010 was in large measure due to our community partners, especially Tourism Sault Ste. Marie. TSSM offered professional expertise, support and assistance from the early planning stages, some four years prior to the festival, throughout the event and culminating with the wrap-up phase. We are truly fortunate to have such a fabulous organization in our City to assist volunteer groups in staging world class events. The volunteer base in the City is outstanding. Volunteers came out in hundreds to assist our festival, making visitors feel welcome and at home. Finn Grand Fest attracted visitors from across North America and from Europe. They were impressed by the quality and variety of venues the City had to offer and the friendliness of everyone they met. Visitors were enthralled by the natural beauty of our City."

- Raimo Viitala, Chair, Finn Grand Fest 2010, Honorary Consul of Finland 

  "The most important items when submitting a bid to host a large sporting event is to present your venue, city, volunteer base etc. in a most professional and positive manner and to be able to access programs and parternships that will hopefully enable the event to obtain various sources of local and provincial funding.

As chair of the 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts (national women's curling championship) and currently a co-chair of the 2014 Ontario Provincial Women's championship I can honestly say we depend heavily Tourism Sault Ste. Marie to develop a bid package and assist us in applying for various sources of funding. Once the event is secured their experience and expertise is invaluble throughout the planning stages.
Due to the success of the 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts we were successful in our bid to now host the  Ontario Provincial Women's championship in January 2014.
Sault Ste. Marie curlers thank the staff of Tourism Sault Ste. Marie for their part in bringing two major curling events to the city within the last four years."
- Sandra Randa, Chair, 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts

"For the first time, the CARHA Hockey World Cup was hosted in a community with a population base less than 250,000.  Sault Ste. Marie, ON played gracious hosts to more than 2,000 participants from 14 countries from March 4-11th and as organizers for this renowned event, bringing our Event to a smaller community proved to be an overall success.

From a player’s perspective, it began with CARHA Hockey’s inaugural Opening Ceremonies Parade concept where the local community lined the streets and cheered them along the route from the Essar Centre to the Roberta Bondar Pavilion to kick-off the event in grand style.  From there, the excitement accelerated during the week with the hundreds and thousands of fans hailing the on-ice efforts while the wide-spread media attention featured many of these players.  Throughout the tournament, our participants were made to feel like Olympians; a feeling many have never felt before in their humble hockey careers!
From an organization perspective, we knew there were going to be some unique opportunities and challenges that we would face in bringing the CARHA Hockey World Cup to a smaller community.  We were pleased with the support from the volunteer community in helping us orchestrate our event, the commitment demonstrated by the local media and the extraordinary game-day crowds. 
Areas however, in which we needed to find creative-based solutions were travel access to and from the Sault (with hockey equipment), the absence of a Convention Centre, the additional associated operating costs and the learning curve that came with this  being the largest participant-based sporting event ever to be hosted in Sault Ste. Marie.  However, each of these challenges were overcome by the creativity of our “team” along with the support we received from the City, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie and the local community volunteers, schools and hockey fans.
On behalf of CARHA Hockey and the CARHA Hockey World Cup, we are grateful to the City of Sault Ste. Mare, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie and the local community for their embracing of our International Hockey Event and we are delighted to say that through our recent experience and accomplishment in Sault Ste. Marie, the door has been opened for similar size communities to host the CARHA Hockey World Cup!"

-Lori Lopez Director of Business Operations, CARHA Hockey

It didn’t matter what we asked for, or how many times we changed our minds, you and your staff were always there to follow though on our requests in a very accommodating manner. Your attention to every detail from glass removal to officials stand set-up including electrical and Wi-Fi requirements were appreciated. One of your staff members even took on the role of holding medals during those celebrations and then running to the Zamboni to prepare for the next group of events.

The Essar Centre is, in my mind, one of the best facilities in northern Ontario and the staff is equally amazing too. Please pass on our appreciation to the staff.

We are all looking forward to the next time we host an event in friendly city of Sault Ste. Marie at the Essar Centre.

-Wendy St. Denis, Co-Chairperson, 2015 Ontario Regional Synchronized Skating Championships




 “From all of us at the Grand Slam of Curling,  the players both local and international,  the Sportsnet production crew and the event team,  we want to thank the city of Sault Sale Marie for hosting our 2016 Boost National.   Your gracious hospitality of the top 15 men’s and top 15 women’s curling team in the world was incredible.  A huge thanks goes out to over 100 members of the SOO Curlers that spent countless hours before and during the event to ensure all was set up and ready to host these elite teams for 6 full days.  On behalf of Sportsnet,  thank you and we will be back in 2017.”

Kristi Petrushchak, Sr. Manager, Grand Slam of Curling, Sportsnet




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