Better Lifestyle Satisfaction in Sault Ste. Marie
There’s a reason the top two happiest cities are in Northern Ontario
While Sault Ste. Marie wasn’t included in Statistics Canada’s most recent review of life satisfaction in metropolitan areas, we are pretty certain Sault residents would rank it right up there with Sudbury (Canada’s happiest city) and Thunder Bay. It’s large enough to be have a vibrant arts and culture scene, but small enough to enjoy that “small town” sense of community. A city of 75,000 located on the edge of the magnificent Canadian Shield, and straddling the Great Lakes of Superior and Huron, Sault Ste. Marie offers endless access to recreation, the arts, the great outdoors, festivals, and continued education and professional development.
More disposable income
Compared to other Canadian and Southern Ontario metropolises, Sault Ste. Marie offers significant savings on housing and transportation costs. It is deemed that a household budget is about 25% cheaper in Sault Ste. Marie than in other cities. There are many free or economical community activities, including the John Rowswell Hub Trail (a 26km multi-use trail that circumnavigates the city), the family-friendly Bellevue Park or the Mill Market. The ever-expanding Sault Ste. Marie airport offers multiple daily flights from a variety of carriers that will connect you to anywhere in the world.
More time with family
There isn’t much in Sault Ste. Marie that you can’t access within a ten minute drive, whether it’s hiking and skiing trails or the venue for a great show. A traffic jam in the Sault means you have to wait for the lights to change more than once. People in Sault Ste. Marie embrace their location and get out frequently to enjoy the outdoors. Walk along the city’s beautiful boardwalk on a summer evening, and you’ll be surrounded by others going for a stroll, fishing off the dock or just enjoying the sunset. Experience a more traditional style of community where neighbours look out for each other and citizens say “good morning” as they pass.