Famous Soo Locks




Our Story

Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours provides an educational tour of historic Sault Ste. Marie and an engaging experience of passing through the Soo Locks. Proudly operating since 1959, Famous continues the tradition of highlighting history and attractions for a relaxing and memorable experience for locals and visitors. Our yellow and blue boats, the Nokomis and LeVoyageur, accommodate 150 passengers and feature a full snack bar with beer, wine and hard seltzers.

The Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours team includes loyal and dedicated captains, crew and staff members. Captain Richard Brawley, who serves as General Manager, is the son-in-law of one of the original founders of Famous Soo Locks Cruises, Inc. We are also proud to tell you about John Lowes, our senior Captain, who started his career with us at the age of 18. He has been with the company 45 years. The entire Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours crew is committed to making your experience the highlight of your visit to Sault Ste. Marie!

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Passenger Services

We strive to make your experience with Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours highly memorable! Contact us with questions about group reservations, special event charters or other questions.

We welcome you aboard our team!

If you’re hard working, enthusiastic and want to be part of a dynamic team that offers a memorable experience for locals and visitors to our area, we welcome you to apply for one of our crew roles.

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Meet the Famous Team

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Scott LaBonte

General Manager & Captain

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Libby LaJoie

Assistant Manager

Directors of Famous Soo Locks Boat Tours


Richard Brawley (President & CEO / Secretary)
Allison Brawley
Mike Veum
Bob Arfstrom (Treasurer)
Dr. Tom Robinson (Chairman)
Tom Veum (Vice President)

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