Waterfront Design Plan

We are developing a new vision for the waterfront – and we need your help!

Together, the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie and Destination Northern Ontario are creating a Waterfront Design Plan to guide the development of the Sault's waterfront in the future. This is our chance to stitch great places together along the water’s edge and identify opportunities that will transform the waterfront into a cohesive and vibrant place for all.

What are we doing in Phase 2?
In Phase 2 of the Waterfront Design Plan, we are excited to share Draft Design concepts with members of the public. There are two ways to learn about the designs and share your feedback:
  1. Complete the online public survey by Friday, May 24th. 
  2. Join us at the public open house! The project team will be hosting a public open house on Wednesday, May 1 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. in the main lobby of Civic Centre. 
Phase 1 Results: What We Heard

In Phase 1 (December 2023 and January 2024), we heard from over 900 residents of Sault Ste. Marie, who shared their ideas for the types of activities, events and programming they wish to see included at the waterfront in the future. Thank you to all who shared their vision for the Sault!
To read about the public feedback we received in Phase 1 of the project, see the Phase 1 Waterfront Design Plan What We Heard Report. 
Project Timeline 

Phase 1: Creating the Vision (December 2023 – January 2024)
  • Create a collective vision and strategic goals for the future of the waterfront.
Phase 2: Design Concepts (January – March 2024)
  • Present design concepts for the overall waterfront project area and focal areas.
Phase 3: Final Waterfront Design Plan (March 2024)
  • Share and celebrate the final Waterfront Design Plan
About the Project
What is a Waterfront Design Plan?
The Waterfront Design Plan will be an action plan that guides future development, infrastructure, and public realm investments, including strategies for implementation. The plan will support opportunities for tourism and economic development, and has the potential to enhance the existing waterfront to transform it into a world-class destination and help put Sault Ste. Marie “on the map!”
What are the objectives of the project?
  • View the waterfront as a destination, with amenities capable of attracting visitors, local residents and fostering economic development. 
  • Develop a Waterfront Design Plan that has a bold and broadly supported vision; one that is innovative and leading edge, but nimble and responsive to change.
  • Create connections between the waterfront and the commercial hub of downtown, including the downtown plaza, Queen Street and connecting links (East St. Brock St., Spring St., Elgin St. and Gore St.). 
  • Build an even stronger sense of place; to build community and to improve the quality of life for residents. 
  • Leverage opportunity through the Waterfront Design Plan to support the business community and create business growth and prosperity. 
  • Promote the integration of passive and active recreation and commercial and tourism activities in the adjoining areas.

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