Directions & Parking

Sault Ste. Marie is located at the hub of the Great Lakes in Ontario, at the very heart of Canada. It is easily accessible from Hwy 17/Trans Canada Hwy as well the I-75 as Sault Ste Marie is a border town to Michigan.

Here are some helpful ways to assist you when you are making plans to come to an event at the Essar Centre whether it be by car, bus, taxi or otherwise.

We are located at 269 Queen Street East, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.

We have four main gates as well as a designated Suite Holder/Accessibility entrance:
  • Gate A - Queen Street & Dennis Street
  • Gate B - Queen Street & Ron Francis Way
  • Gate C - Ron Francis Way & Bay Street
  • Gate D - VIP/Accessibility Entrance
    • Located in main parking lot below Gate A.

Driving Directions

From East of Sault Ste Marie: (Sudbury/North Bay/Ottawa)
  • Continue on Trans-Canada Hwy/ON-17
  • Follow Trunk Rd and Wellington St E to Queen St E - 7 min (4.3 km)
  • Continue onto Trunk Rd (1.4 km)
  • Merge onto Wellington St E (2.6 km)
  • Turn left onto Bruce St (280 m)
  • Turn right onto Queen St E (Destination will be on the left)
From North of Sault Ste Marie (Wawa/Thunder Bay/Winnipeg)
  • Continue onto Trans-Canada Hwy/ON-17 S
  • Continue straight onto Great Northern Rd (1.9 km)
  • Continue onto Pim St (140 m)
  • Turn right onto Bruce St - Signs for USA (1.5 km)
  • Turn right onto Queen St E (Destination will be on the left)
From South of Sault Ste Marie (United States)
  • After crossing the Mackinaw Bridge Continue on I-75N (47.9 mi)
  • Merge onto Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge (Toll road 1.1 mi)
  • Turn right onto Huron St (0.1 mi)
  • Continue onto Bay St (0.6 mi)
  • Turn left onto Dennis Street (Destination will be on the right)

Transportation to the Venue

The Essar Centre is conveniently located 1 block from the Sault Ste. Marie Transit terminal.

Bus Routes & Schedules

There is also a designated area to drop people off in front of the venue on Queen Street. As a courtesy to people who are disabled and seniors who need to use the drop-off area, able-bodied patrons are encouraged to be dropped off close to the Centre rather than right in front.

Parking

There are approximately 212 parking spaces in the main parking lot. Additional special event parking is made available in the northeast and northwest parking lots at the Station Mall as well as other City-owned parking lots within a few blocks from the Centre.

Within the main lot there are 11 designated accessibility parking spaces. These spaces, including van-accessible spaces, are designated for vehicles displaying a current disability placard.

There are also reserved parking spaces for our privately leased suite holders.