A Life Less Ordinary: These Three Families Found It In The Soo

Sault Ste. Marie welcomes new residents with open arms and is giving them an Adventure Pass to help them enjoy the all-season outdoor life the region offers

When Kimmie Dozois and her husband, Derrick, told their two daughters they were moving from their farm near Windsor, Ont. to Sault Ste Marie, also known as The Soo, their reaction was not entirely surprising. Morgan and Meagan, who were 14 and 16 at the time, were vehemently opposed to the move.

“Our kids didn’t speak to us for days, they were so angry at us. We were uprooting them from everything they had ever known and taking them 12 hours away,” Kimmie says. The teenagers even went so far as to yank the For Sale sign out of the front yard.

Derrick works for Aecon Group Inc. and, when the construction company opened a new division in Sault Ste. Marie, he was asked to help get it off the ground. Derrick and Kimmie were thrilled with the idea because of their love for the outdoors, so they decided to take a leap of faith, which required Kimmie to quit her job of 18 years in automotive manufacturing.

“I needed to find something that would wow my kids, so I took them to Robertson Cliffs, just 20 minutes from The Soo,” Kimmie says. “I can’t believe how many people don’t know about it. It’s so amazing and it’s right here in our own backyard. I love that spot.”

She also took them to Bathtub Island at Katherine Cove. “Holy smokes, the white beaches! It’s something that Ontarians don’t know that we have, and we’re so lucky to have it.”

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