If you long to stretch your legs and let the kids run and explore, try Bellevue Park, Lake and Queen St E. (tel. 705/759-5310; www.vulcanpark.org), site of a children's playground, several small botanical gardens, an amphitheater with seasonal entertainment and a greenhouse. The park hugs the shore of St. Mary's River and is the site of frequent festivals and special events, including the Dragon Boat Festival in June.

If you truly want to get lost in the wilderness, head out of the Sault and go northwest to Lake Superior Provincial Park Wawa (tel. 888/668-7275; 705/856-2284; www.ontarioparks.com), is a beautiful, rugged park, full of misty canyons, dramatic waterfalls, and what locals call the "moody blue waters" of the lake, which can change rapidly from a placid-looking pool to a rough, rambling rapid. Camp onsite, hike, swim, fish, canoe, with a general stores, restaurants and activities. To reach the park from Sault Ste. Marie, take Highway 17 north and you can 't miss it -- the highway literally bisects the 51 mile-long park. The southern boundary of the park is about an hour and a half from the Sault and the Agawa Visitors' Center is about a fifteen-minute drive from the entrance. If you're this far north, chances are you're interested in skiing. Searchmont Resort, 103 Searchmont Resort Rd., Searchmont. (tel. 800/663-2546; 705/781-2483; www.searchmont.com) operates from mid-November through April and is located 25 miles north of the Sault, on two peaks of the Canadian Shield mountains. It's an affordable, comfortable resort with 100 skiable acres, most of which are suited toward intermediate-level skiers. Skiing and snowboarding lessons are available.

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