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Museum of Ojibwa CultureMuseum of Ojibwa Culture
Museum of Ojibwa Culture | St. Ignace, Michigan
The city-operated museum and park portray a vivid picture of life in the Straits of Mackinac over 300 years ago when Ojibwa, Huron, Odawa and French lifestyles met at this protected bay. Museum exhibits show Ojibwa Indian culture and traditions, the French contact period, and the site’s rich archaeology. Outdoor exhibits and a long house explain Huron life here. Woodland Indian Culture French Jesuit Mission Significant Archaeological Site National Historic Landmark Michigan Registered Historic Site Ongoing video presentation Museum store features area’s largest selection of Native American books, music and locally-made certified Native American art and craft.
We provide both indoor and outdoor exhibits that allow you a glimpse into the Ojibwa culture and the lifestyles of the Huron. This is also where the French Jesuit Mission was located where Father Marquette resided and is the final resting place for Father Jacques Marquette.
The region’s largest selection of handcrafted Native American art and crafts. Find beautiful work from renowned artists for purchase, including sculpture, paintings, jewelry, bead-work, pottery, baskets, moccasins, educational resources, and more.
There’s always something going on at the museum, from seasonal demonstrations to workshops and kid’s crafts. also, A free guided walking tour through Saint Ignace.
- Cultural and Historic Teachings, Mondays & Tuesdays (seasonal)
- Friday Night at the Museum, Fridays (seasonal)
Museum Ship Valley CampMuseum Ship Valley Camp
Museum Ship Valley Camp | Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Explore An Actual Great Lakes Freighter!
The Museum Ship Valley Camp offers more than just a tour of her deck. Housed inside her massive cargo holds is a 20,000 square foot museum with over 100 exhibits!
By donations, grants, volunteer work, and much foresight, the Steamship VALLEY CAMP has become the most unique Maritime Museum on the Great Lakes. The museum ship VALLEY CAMP is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as an historic vessel. Visitors have the opportunity to explore and look in every nook and cranny of the great ship. In addition, the huge cargo holds have hundreds of interesting artifacts, paintings, shipwreck items, models, and exhibits of objects related to maritime history.
There is so much to see. Tour the Edmund Fitzgerald Memorial & Exhibit or view the four 1,200-gallon aquariums stocked with various fish species of the Great Lakes. Discover how the sailors lived and worked in the Crew’s Quarters section. Walk through the Captain John P. Wellington Great Lakes Marine Hall of Fame that is dedicated to the memory of those explorers, inventors, shipbuilders, sailors, and countless others who have made a contribution of exploration and development of the Great Lakes through the eras of sail, steam, and present. Check out their FAQ page.
For Rates & Schedules: https://www.saulthistoricsites.com/museum-ship-valley-camp/rates-schedules-msvc/ or call (906) 632-3658
Mystery SpotMystery Spot
Voted Michigan’s #1 unusual attraction. Enjoy guided tours through an area where gravity seems to have gone haywire! Also mini-golf and maze in the woods. 5 miles west on US-2.
Visitors to the Mystery Spot will now have to opportunity to ride a new ZIP LINE offering views of the Mackinac Bridge. Zip Lines are now open!
National Office ProductsNational Office Products
Nautical North Family AdventuresNautical North Family Adventures
Nautical North Family Adventures
Come Play On the Water With Us! Open 7 days a week.
Have you and your family been searching for things to do in Northern Michigan? Look no further! Nautical North Family Adventures offers a wide variety of options to get you out on the water, having fun, learning history, and enjoying the natural beauty that defines our area. Whether you are looking for glass bottom shipwreck tours, family kayak rentals or you’d really prefer to see a Lake Huron lighthouse up close, we have you covered! If Northern Michigan boat rentals leave you scrambling for a captain when you’d rather enjoy the day…let us take the helm with our private charters! If you are visiting & want things to do in Northern Michigan as a new and wonderful experience for the whole family considers a glass-bottom boat ride. We are here in Cheboygan, just 20 minutes from Mackinaw City, Michigan.
Shipwreck Tours | Cheboygan River, Lock, and Dam Tour | Fireworks Cruise Under the Might Mac | Fireworks Cruise Mullett Lake | Private Charters | Kayak Rental & Eco Tours | Lake Huron Lighthouse Tours | Scuba Diving Adventures | Recreational or Technical Diving | Distance Swimming
For additional information or reservations, call (231) 444-3400 or book online at click here.
Normandy MotelNormandy Motel
Normandy Motel | St. Ignace, Michigan
Extremely clean ground-level room, air-conditioned, free morning coffee, close to downtown shopping, adjacent restaurant, free casino, and ferry shuttles. Seasonal outdoor heated pool, pets allowed.
To make reservations, call (906) 643-9233.
Northern Entertainment ConsultantsNorthern Entertainment Consultants
Northern Entertainment Consultants | St. Ignace, Michigan
Making Memories With Music
Northern Entertainment Consultants wants to be the first place that you visit when planning an event around the Straits area. We will assist in providing honest answers to create a spectacular experience for you and your guests.
Our goal is to be able to answer any and all questions regarding setting up a function. Whether it’s a venue, catering, photography, music, or event planning. We are located within the Straits area……YEAR ROUND!!!
Northern Michigan Vacation Rental & Property ManagementNorthern Michigan Vacation Rental & Property Management
Northern Michigan Vacation Rentals & Property Management | St. Ignace, Michigan
Why Choose a Vacation Rental?
Vacation rentals often provide more space, privacy and convenience than hotels. They deliver a home away from home experience, enjoy space where the whole family can spend time together. We have a great range of retreats to meet all needs and budgets. Call or book online now.
Welcome to Michigan’s beautiful Eastern Upper Peninsula and the center of the Fresh Water World. An area that has perfect summer temperatures, cool lake breezes and maybe the best overall summer weather in the country. Winter enthusiasts will love the opportunities for skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, fishing, hockey and more. A visit to our unique and individual communities will allow you to understand why we love them so much. Away from the hustle bustle of city life, a chance to study the changing faces of our Great Lakes. The friendly people and a more laidback way of living are only a few reasons why you’ll want to come back. We hope you do. Northern Michigan Vacation Rentals is located on the bay in downtown St. Ignace, serving the Mackinac Region.
Lake Michigan Front | Lake Huron Front | Brevort Lake Front | Close to/In Downtown | Pet Friendly | Glamping
To make reservations, call (906) 451-5438 or book online at CLICK HERE.
Northern Power Electric Service Inc.Northern Power Electric Service Inc.
Northern Power Electric | St. Ignace, Michigan
We are backed by over 25 years of experience.
Rely on the expert team at Northern Power Electric Service Inc for all your residential and commercial work. We are a locally owned business providing quality services. Our main office is in the Mancelona with a new location in St. Ignace.
Residential Electrical Services | Commercial Electrical Services | Industrial Services | Full-Service Generator Technicians
Our Residential Services Include
New Home Wiring | Security and outdoor lighting work | Lighting control system services | Landscape lighting and design work | Security system services | Certified fire alarm system installations | Fire detection system installations | Generator installations | Renovations | Remodeling work | Repairs | Emergency standby generator services | Home theater services | Specialty lighting work
Our Commercial Services Include
New construction work | Design and build | High-voltage cabling and primary terminations | Communications | Data wiring | Fire alarm system services | Generator installations | Infrared imaging | Lighting system services | Athletic field and parking lot lighting | Motor and control work | Renovations | Tenant upgrades and retrofitting | Security lighting installations | Security and auto visual camera work | Hire Us to Fix Your Damaged Generator
Our Industrial Services Include
High-voltage equipment for machines and manufacturing lines | Wiring | Lighting systems | Power distribution networks | Controls in industrial and commercial buildings
Full-Service Generator Technicians
Whether you want to purchase a new generator or service the existing one, count on the experts at Northern Power Electric Service to take care of it without any hassle. You’ll be pleased to know that we’re authorized dealers of Generac. We sell and service all Generac products. All our technicians are licensed.
Northern SailsNorthern Sails
Clothing in sizes infant to adult 5X; souvenirs, gifts, jewelry, toys and sunglasses. Everything under $24.00 storewide!
Northern Transport & ShuttleNorthern Transport & Shuttle
Northern Transport & Shuttle | St. Ignace, Michigan
Serving Northern Michigan, Straits Area & the U.P.
Hotel, Ferry, Car Rental, Airport, Shopping, Employer/Employee Shuttle Service.
Scan the QR code to arrange transportation.
Northwoods ElectricNorthwoods Electric
Northwoods Electric | Hessel, Michigan
Residential, commercial, home, business, new construction, repairs. Licensed and insured.
Nye’s Web DesignNye’s Web Design
Nye’s Web Design | St. Ignace, Michigan
Nye’s Web Design specializes in developing custom web design for small businesses and organizations in Northern Michigan. We offer an affordable way for small businesses to get on the Internet with no hidden costs. Or if you already have a website and you’re looking for a fresh look with expedited updating, again, Nye’s Web Design will offer competitive pricing along with quality design.
We are a small local business that understands what it means to show personal one-on-one care to the relationships of our clients. As a faith-based business, we also understand that we are all here to help make the communities around us run; not plunder you with unnecessary costs.
Odawa CasinoOdawa Casino
Odawa Casino | Petoskey, Michigan
Odawa Casino is owned and operated by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. We pride ourselves on providing top-notch service with local flair. They have two locations: Petoskey and Mackinaw City. Our Petoskey casino and hotel are two separate locations, but our convenient shuttle service offers complimentary rides between both.
Gaming | Dining | Hotel | Entertainment | Groups
Original Murdick’s FudgeOriginal Murdick’s Fudge
1880s – 1910s
In 1887, father-and-son sail makers, Henry and Jerome “Rome” Murdick, were commissioned to create canvas awnings for the new Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.
“The Grand” would eventually contribute in a huge way to making the Mackinac region a center of booming tourism.
With the Murdicks’ arrival to the island came Mrs. Henry Murdick (Sara) and her exquisite confectionery skills and recipes
In 1887, Mackinac Island’s first candy shop opened as Murdick’s Candy Kitchen. Henry Murdick continued to make sails in the back of the building, while up front, Rome crafted fudge using his mother’s recipe. The renowned marble table gave the fudge a unique texture and also provided a veritable “stage” on which to show visitors how fudge is made.
Rome’s oldest son, Gould, soon mastered the skills of fudge making. However, World War I impacted sugar rationing, bringing many fudge businesses to a halt on Mackinac Island.
1920s – 1940s
In 1920, Rome and Gould revitalized fudge making and their “show.” They added music and large ceiling fans so the sweet aroma of fudge would waft into the street. Other families opened fudge shops as well during this time, as the temperate climate conditions on the island are conducive to fudge making. But with the Great Depression in 1929, all closed, except Murdick’s Candy Kitchen.
Post-Depression business became even more challenging (on some days, Gould sold only one pound of fudge!). Gould sold the business to Harold May in 1940 (Gould agreed that the Murdick family would not compete in the candy business on Mackinac Island for ten years.)
1950s – 1960s
Jerome Murdick, Gould’s half-brother, opened Murdick’s Luncheonette on the island in 1957. When the non-compete clause expired, Jerome began to sell fudge at the luncheonette and eventually converted his business into Murdick’s Candy Kitchen, using the name of his great grandfather’s (Henry Murdick) original shop. Jerome continued the family fudge-making tradition using the original recipe. Each summer, Jerome and his wife, Grace, ran the Main Street business (the couple lived in the back of their shop).
Meanwhile, young entrepreneur Bob Benser, Sr. arrived to the island in 1955. Bob built and ran a Tastee Freeze ice cream shop next to Murdick’s Candy Kitchen. Jerome and Grace treated Bob like the son they never had. When Jerome became ill, Bob stepped in to help Grace keep the business open. He learned about how to make fudge, exact cooking and shaping temperatures and the all-important fudge-paddle movements. After leasing and operating the business, Bob Benser, Sr. bought the Murdicks’ business in 1969.
Today,the company still follows Sara Murdick’s recipe and the old-fashioned fudge-making techniques that have been passed down through the generations. Original Murdick’s Fudge has expanded to other locations on Mackinac Island as well as in Mackinaw City and St. Ignace, Michigan, in addition to three stores and a bakery in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Bob Benser, Sr. and Bob Benser, Jr. continue that tradition today along with the entire Benser family.
Original Murdick’s Fudge of Mackinac Island
MAKE IT MOUTHWATERING: We handcraft 18 flavors of our fresh Mackinac Island fudge, brittle and toffee treats daily for our three Sweet Summer gift boxes.
MAKE IT CUSTOMIZED: Create your summer gift selections — big or small — to include any combo of Mackinac Island fudge, caramel corn, toffees and brittles.
MAKE IT MACKINAC: To celebrate “National Fudge Day,” we unveiled our wonderful new flavor – Salted Toasted Coconut Double Chocolate.
MAKE IT MEMORABLE: Sweeten your wedding with Original Murdick’s Fudge, brittle or toffee in 3×3-inch favor boxes.
Original Soo Locks Boat ToursOriginal Soo Locks Boat Tours
Original Soo Locks Boat Tours | Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Enjoy a live narrated cruise on the beautiful St. Mary’s River and actually “Ride Through the Soo Locks.” You will experience both an up-bound and down-bound lockage throught the Soo Locks.
See both the U.S. and Canadian Locks (not passport needed). Cruise right alongside the giant ships! Go under the International Highway Bridge. Get a close-up view of huge hydroelectric power plants. Learn the rich history of the Soo Locks and area. View many interesting sights on the Michigan and Ontario water fronts.
Vessel & Dockside Services
• All boats are climate controlled
• All boats have snack bars and rest rooms
• All boats and dock facility are handicap accessible
• Hydrostatic cleaning of vessels and sanitizing before all cruises
• Dock Facility has easy access
• Plenty of Free Parking
• Pet kennels are available for free to guests
Located at: All cruises depart from Dock #1, 1157 East Portage Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Phone: (906) 632-6301or (800) 432-6301
In 1934, Captain Milo Beechgood Welch originated the Soo Locks sightseeing boat tours in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. He was a visionary that sacrificed everything to make his dream a reality. As a seasoned tug boat captain, Milo Welch was employed by the Great Lakes Towing Company and always noticed that the Soo Locks had an attraction with visitors. People were simply intrigued by the ships locking through the world’s largest locking system. At that time, the only passengers that went through the Locks were aboard palatial passenger steamships or shipping company guests riding on the large lake freighters. For their entire history, click here.
To purchase tickets: Call (906) 632-6301or (800) 432-6301 or online at http://www.originalsoolocktours.com
Oswald’s Bear RanchOswald’s Bear Ranch
Oswald’s Bear Ranch | Newberry, Michigan
The Oswald’s Bear Ranch is hosted by Dean and Jewel Oswald and was founded in May 1997. The ranch is approximately 72 miles down Highway 2 from St. Ignace to Newberry, Michigan. This place is the largest bear only ranch in the entire United States. The ranch is a walk around attraction and not a drive-thru type that provides natural habitats for 40 American Black Bears. They are handicap accessible and do offer cart service for the elderly or ADA guests.
The Oswald’s Bear Ranch opening date is May 27th, the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, through October 10th. Pricing, dates, and times can be found on their website. Donations are greatly appreciated (see link below)!
Parkside CottageParkside Cottage
Parkside Cottage | Moran, Michigan
Take it easy at this beautiful & tranquil getaway. This totally renovated and sparkling clean cottage for 2 is the perfect getaway for your eastern upper peninsula vacation. The cottage is located across the street from the ORV/Snowmobile Trail in the Hiawatha National Forest. Conveniently located near the North Country Trail, the Sand Dunes on Hwy. 2 and Brevort Lake. Just 18 miles west of the Mackinac bridge and downtown St. Ignace, 45 min. drive to Soo Locks or Taquamenon Falls.
To make a reservation, click here.
Payne & DolanPayne & Dolan
Payne & Dolan, Inc., a professional construction services company, has served the needs of its clients and customers for over 70 years. Headquartered in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Payne and Dolan is a leader in producing and providing asphalt pavement services and products. It is dedicated to quality, safety and leadership in a competitive industry.
Pictured Rocks Boat CruisesPictured Rocks Boat Cruises
Pictured Rocks Cruises | Munising, Michigan
Pictured Rocks Cruises, LLC is an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service Department of the Interior. For over 50 years, our summer cruises have been guiding visitors to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, a top Michigan vacation spot. If you are looking for unique vacation ideas, choose Pictured Rocks Cruises’ scenic boat tours as your Michigan travel destination.
Classic Cruise | Spray Falls Cruise | Sunset Classic Cruise | Sunset Spray Falls Cruise
Pictured Rocks Cruises offers four distinct tours for the enjoyment of our guests. Cruises frequently sell out. Pre-purchasing tickets is highly recommended.
Our boat cruises are 2 1/2 to 3 hours and will travel into and alongside the most visually stunning 40 miles of shoreline on the Great Lakes! Our day cruises are narrated by the captain, who will inform you of a brief history of the tour boat, local area facts, and Michigan points of interest on this national park tour.