Three Sault Ste. Marie tourism sites have been posted on an internet ThreeBestRated.ca site.
The Sault Ste. Marie Museum, the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre and the Norgoma have all been identified as the top best places to see in Sault Ste. Marie.
The website says it uses a 50-point inspection to identify the top three spots to visit in a city and includes history, services, images, operating hours, social media, website and awards, among other things. It also looks at complaints, reviews and miscellaneous items.
The ThreeBestRated.ca website provides a brief description on each place, identifies admission prices, operating hours, address and phone number. It also links a YouTube highlight of each tourist attraction.
Dan Hollingsworth, executive director of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corp. says he’s not sure how the tourist attractions are selected for the site but suspects that postings from other social media sites may have something to do with it.
Dan Ingram, executive director of the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre said the centre is always highly rated.
“I believe search engines help direct traffic to us,” he said of ThreeBestRated.ca . “We pride ourselves as an interactive facility to come and learn and experience. We have visitors that are not familiar with us and what we do and once they’re here, they’re just amazed.”
Any website that promotes the local tourist attractions is a bonus to get more visitors in the door, Ingram said.
The proximity to other tourist attractions in the area is also helpful and visitors often visit several sites back to back, he said.
The bushplane museum also recently received TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame Award and excellence for five years running, he said.
“We are thrilled that our visitors see this as one of the best places to come to Sault Ste. Marie,” he said.
Julia Piskiewicz, curator of the Sault Ste. Marie Museum confirmed the section is based on other statistics, reviews and comments made on other social media sites including Facebook and Trip Advisor.
“I think this is fantastic,” Piskiewicz said of the museum’s ranking. “This is something we have been striving for.”
Piskiewicz said the museum has been working hard to remind the community and visitors that it is an important part of the city.
“We are using all sorts of social media to remind the community that we are here and what is going one. We’re rotating our exhibits more so there is always something new and different to see,” she said.
Piskiewicz said the Sault Ste. Marie Museum is also advertising its events and activities on social media.
“I believe people look at these kind of things and that’s what makes us a popular attraction. They can see we’re online, what we’re doing and come visit us more often,” she said.
Louis Muio, president of the St. Mary’s River Marine Heritage Centre board of directors could not be reached Monday for comment.
Piskiewicz, also a board member on the Norgoma, said the ranking for the marine museum ship is also important.
“The current board is trying to get out there and the Norgoma caters to a different set of interests, a different set of history,” she said.
The ThreeBestRated.ca website promotes itself as “focusing on the best, not the most” in a number of categories, including the best places to see.