Famous Soo Locks


Experience the Soo Locks on our classic lock tour!

Embark on a memorable adventure with our classic lock tour! Immerse yourself in the incredible spectacle of the Soo Locks as you experience both an up bound and down bound lockage. Get up close with mighty freighters, marveling at their sheer grandeur against the backdrop of the historic Sault Ste. Marie shoreline. This popular cruise is a journey through time, blending modern shipping with the rich tapestry of local history and attractions.

Classic Lock Tour

The Famous Lock Tour Experience

Live Narration

Listen to your cruise director explain the history & operation of the Soo Locks and all scenic shoreline sites of the U.S. and Canada.

Sailor's View

Pass under the International Highway Bridge and see historic attractions, U.S. locks, St. Mary’s Rapids, 3 hydroelectric plants & more.

Up Close & Personal

Cruise right beside huge Lake Superior freighters and ocean vessels while learning about the history and importance of them.

Lock Tour Cruise Offers...

2 Hours

Time is approximate due to shipping traffic causing delays.


Sail rain or shine, with many departures daily.


Climate controlled cruise with restrooms.


All docks and boats are accessible.

Famous Soo Locks

Special Cruises

For a true maritime adventure, come aboard the Lighthouse Cruise for a sailor’s view of historic lighthouses and highlights of both the American and Canadian shorelines.
Happy hour is best experienced on a cruise along the St. Mary’s River!
Experience the best view of the fireworks from the water! Our fireworks cruises sail on Canada Day, July 1 and Independence Day, July 4. Enjoy a beautiful lower harbor cruise away from the crowds for a special way to celebrate the holiday!

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