Quality of Life


Cottage and Country Living

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Resting at the heart of the Great Lakes, and surrounded by rugged wilderness, Sault Ste. Marie offers some of the most beautiful parks, lakes, mountains and trails in the world.

In fact, the Pembina Institute, a not-for-profit national think tank, ranked the city among the top 10 in the province for access to parks and recreation areas.

Whether you're looking for a full-service cottage a short drive from home, or for a rustic, isolated adventure in the great outdoors, Sault Ste. Marie is the place to be.

Short Commute

Within just 30 minutes, or less, you can travel from the city core to a waterfront cottage on the St. Mary's River, lakes Superior or Huron, or one of the many inland lakes in the immediate area.

You can snowmobile and ski during the winter, or hike and canoe in the summer. And it's all available within just a few minutes of the city.

To learn more about the countless cottage and outdoor opportunities in the Sault area, visit the Outdoor section of the Tourism Sault Ste. Marie website.


The average cost of a single-family home in Sault Ste. Marie is $152,616 (2011). So, for the price of a house in a major urban centre like Toronto or Vancouver, you can purchase a home in the Sault and still have enough left over to buy an area cottage on the waterfront.



"I decided to practice in Sault Ste. Marie because of the many cottage opportunities found within a short drive of the city. I live on the water, and my commute to work is just 10 minutes. How could you get any better than that?"
      - Dr. Joel Disano, Pharmacist, Boater, Lover of Life

Learn more about the Sault area's magnetic draw, thanks to its cottage and recreational opportunities, in a story about Dr. Rishi Ghosh, whose decision to practice medicine here was made largely because of his love of the outdoors.