Today, the population of Sault Ste. Marie hovers around 14,000 people. The small city borders Canada and serves as the county seat of Michigan’s Chippewa County. Sault Ste. Marie also houses the Soo Locks, a set of parallel locks that connect Lake Superior to the lower Great Lakes. About 10,000 ships pass through each year, and visitors can watch from the scenic public park built alongside the locks.