THE PLACE WHERE MICHIGAN WAS BORN
“We say life here is about drinking in the atmosphere; of looking up at the sky to see that night sky with the stars and the beauty, or to walk a trail and to think of those a thousand years earlier who walked it before you. It is the center of the Great Lakes, and it always has been.” – Cecil Pavlat, a cultural affairs expert and a member of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians and lifelong resident of Sault Ste. Marie.
We’re a diverse waterfront community, and we offer a wealth of things to see and do. Visit us for year-round recreational activities, historical sites, the world-famous Soo Locks, Tahquamenon Falls, spectacular lighthouses, and pristine natural environments.
Few things are debated more in the Upper Peninsula (UP) than what to eat on your Pasty, but we should talk about what a Pasty is before we get to the all-important question.
Any view of the Soo Locks is great, but the aerial view from the International Bridge is the best! read more.
We wanted to know exactly what makes a Yooper so we asked our Facebook followers to share their thought
“A Yooper is a person who is native to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. A person who will help his/her neighbor and understands the meaning of the word “hospitality”.
A Yooper is welcoming of visitors to their clean air, superior part of the country and knows how to deal with winter, mosquitoes, black flies, and extreme changes in the weather in a single day.
Yoopers have a distinct verbiage – such as adding “eh” to the end of sentences and replacing letters in words (i.e, “duncha” instead of “don’t you” or “da” instead of “the” as in “Da Sault”)
Yoopers are an amazing group of people who, despite the elements, know how to have a good time – by adapting. Those who like to fish in the Summer will cut a hole in the ice to continue in the winter. Those who enjoy sports will play baseball in the summer, football in the fall, Hockey in the winter and Basketball in the mid-winter to spring.
Yooper will measure distance in minutes, not in miles – and will drive to meet their friends despite the distance might be 60 or more minutes away!
Image by – Mikel B Classen
A Yooper is always a Yooper even if they leave God’s country to live somewhere else – and will always come home as often as possible.”
“One of dem people from over DA bridge (Mackinac Bridge).”
“When your heart sings once you have crossed the Mighty Mac going North and breaks when crossing South, then you just may be a true Yooper.”
Bundle up and head for downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan’s Annual Winter Ice Fest. Read more.