The idea to organize the Bon Soo winter carnival belonged to a businessman from Sault Ste. Marie To Henry Bullock. The event was held for the first time in 1954, but then the carnival simply combined the existing winter events of this region. A lot has changed since then! But the original goal remained the same – to pull people out of their homes and give the true joy of winter fun and family recreation in the fresh air.
The name Bon Soo is a play on words: Bon means "good" in French, and Soo is a playful nickname for Sault Ste. Marie.
On the waterfront in the business part of the city, they create giant ice slides that everyone can roll down – regardless of age. There are various performances and competitions that anyone can participate in. Local cuisine will please even the most fastidious gourmets. Discos, skating and skiing-all this attracts tourists of all ages to the city. Some newlyweds prefer to come here for their honeymoon, having exchanged the" standard " beaches for snow and ice.
The carnival lasts for ten days, and during this time, guests of the city will not be bored!
One of the most popular competitions (it is also the final part of the festival) is the so-called "polar bear Swim", when the most desperate and seasoned men swim in the icy waters of lake Superior. Picturesque landscapes, clean air, friendly and hospitable people make this harsh region attractive and unforgettable.