Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site
The Sault Ste. Marie Canal, built in 1895, was the world’s longest lock, the first to operate using electricity and the last link in an all-Canadian navigational chain from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Superior. Today, the Canal is a great spot for boat-watching, picnics and a variety of other activities. Let a Parks Canada interpreter introduce you to the canal’s fascinating history, rent a Fat Bike, or join us for tea at the Superintendent’s Residence.
Featured things to do
The visitor Centre and self-guided exhibit is located in the historic Stores Building.
Explore the extensive grounds and historic structures of the Sault Ste. Marie Canal.
Experience the power of water as you and your boat rise gently from Lake Huron to Lake Superior.
Visiting Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site
Visitor Centre, Birdwatching, Heritage teas, Cycling, Hiking, Locking through the canal.
How to get here, local guides and outfitters, local attractions, accessibility, facilities and services, meeting and event rentals.
Entry and service fees.
About Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site
Indigenous connections, history, architecture, and engineering.
Animals, plants, and the environment.
How to lock through, dogs on leash, keeping wildlife wild.
Partners, permits, plans, newletters and policies.
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