The lively city of Saint Ignace is set on the banks of Lake Huron and is a gateway to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The city has excellent local history museums to visit and offers easy access to postcard-perfect Mackinac Island.
Things to do in Saint Ignace
Outdoor concerts, festivals and film screenings are just some of the community events held in Saint Ignace during the summer months. The colourful Bayside Farmers Market is held on the waterfront and will tempt you with fresh produce from across the region.
Saint Ignace is a launchpad to Mackinac Island, with regular ferries departing from the marina. The island has been car-free since 1898, with horses and bicycles now the preferred mode of transport. Explore centuries-old Fort Mackinac built by the British and admire Native American art at the Mackinac Museum.
Saint Ignace has a fascinating history dating back to the 17th century when it was one of North America’s biggest fur trading hubs. Learn about the booming industry, as well as other people, places and events that shaped Saint Ignace at the Fort de Buade museum. The Museum of Ojibwa Culture occupies a centuries-old French Jesuit mission and celebrates Native American culture.
Straits State Park overlooks Lake Huron and offers sandy beaches, scenic picnic sites and a fantastic nature trail. The park is anchored by the Father Marquette Memorial, which celebrates the legacy of the famous French missionary. Straits State Park is also one of the best places in the city to view Mackinac Bridge.
Getting around Saint Ignace
Saint Ignace is located on the Upper Peninsula, a two-hour drive from Traverse City. The city is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Rental cars offer the freedom to visit surrounding sights and attractions at your own pace. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is a 4.5-hour drive south.