Top 20 Small Cities In Canada


Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario
Photo credit: Billy Wilson Photography / Flickr

Scattered across the vast expanse of Canada are great cities – Victoria, Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec – the names everyone has heard of. But, aside from the suburbs of these major metropolitan areas, there are also some pretty interesting and wonderful small towns, fit for living in or simply for visiting.

Here are the top 20 small cities in Canada, based not only on their size, but also on their unique character.

20. Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario

The third largest city in Northern Ontario, Sault Ste. Marie has a population of around 80,000 people.

Scholars have explained that the word ‘Sault’ translates to jump, referring to the rapids and cascades of the St. Mary’s River, which descend more than 20 ft. from the level of Lake Superior to the level of other, lower lakes, according to Wikipedia. The entire name of the city translates to ‘Saint Mary’s Rapids’ or ‘Saint Mary’s Falls.’

Another Sault Ste. Marie is located on the opposite side of the river, in Michigan, United States. The two cities are joined by the International Bridge, which connects Interstate 75 on the Michigan side and Huron Street (and former Ontario Secondary Highway 550B) on the Ontario side.

If you want to be close to the States, this city might be an ideal place for you to live in Canada. The two cities of Sault Ste. Marie are so close to one another that they almost function as one big city.

Major tourist attractions include the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site, boat tours of the Sault, Whitefish Island, the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site, Casino Sault Ste. Marie, the Art Gallery of Algoma and the Algoma Central Railway’s popular Agawa Canyon Tour Train.

There are also wonderful parks such as the Pancake Bay Provincial Park, Batchawana Bay Provincial Park and Lake Superior Provincial Park.

Further, Sault Ste. Marie has its own Walk of Fame, created in 2006 as a joint project between the city of Sault Ste. Marie and its Downtown Association. The Walk of Fame honors people from the Algoma District who have contributed to the community.

Whether you plan to visit the city’s tourist attractions or settle in Sault Ste. Marie, you will not regret it as the city truly has something for everyone.


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