New Visitor Centre Now Open

Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site

The NEW Sault Ste. Marie Canal Visitor Centre and self-guided exhibit is located in the historic Stores Building and Blacksmith's Shop, one of our beautiful sandstone buildings located near the site entrance.

The new visitor centre will share stories of the lock’s construction, its history as a commercial operation, its connection to the people who lived and worked here as well as its impacts on Batchewana First Nation and the Historic Sault Ste. Marie Métis People. The interpretive experience begins in the pre-canal era and brings us to the present day operations and our continuing work towards both conservation and reconciliation.

The new visitor centre

New visitor centre features

  • New 234 sq. m. (770 sq. ft.) self-guided exhibit space featuring 4 exhibits
  • New 219 sq. m. (720 sq. ft.) visitor centre featuring 2 exhibits
  • Expanded gift shop with a wider variety of Parks Canada merchandise
  • New interactive lock model
  • New touch screen navigation station
  • Friendly and informative Parks Canada staff to help you have a great visit!

South St. Marys Island Trail Map

  1. Attikamek trail

    Take an urban trek on a beautiful island filled with wildlife, natural trails and custom boardwalks.
    Length: 2.2 km
    Hike Time: 45-minute round trip walk
    Difficulty: Easy
    Trail Surface: Crushed stone and soil. Some uneven surfaces (roots and rocks above surface)

  2. Whitefish Island Trail

    A small bridge will take you from the Attikamek Trail to Batchewana First Nation’s Whitefish Island Trail where you will get a wonderful view of the St. Marys River rapids!
    Length: 1.5 km
    Hike Time: 30-minute round trip walk
    Difficulty: Easy
    Trail Surface: Crushed stone and soil. Some uneven surfaces (roots and rocks above surface). Please note: Portions of trail can become flooded when water levels are high.


Fat Bike Rental: Hourly fees
Adult and youth bikes available. Helmet included.

Site Tour: Tour fees
Can be tailored to meet physical ability of visitor.

Exhibit admission fee: Admission fees
Youth 17 and under are free.

Club Parka:
Activity book for children ages 3-5.

Xplorers: Free
Activity book for children ages 6-11.


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