Moments in Algoma

Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site

By Kendra Kachur

The historic Superintendent’s Residence at the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site was constructed in 1897. Within its walls it holds the stories of seven Superintending Engineers, and their families, who called it their home. Crafted from the red sandstone excavated during the construction of the Canal, this residence is a tangible link to the canal's rich history.

Among the notable figures who resided in this house, J.W. LeBreton Ross was the longest-serving Superintendent, overseeing the operations of the site for a staggering 29 years between 1907 and 1936. His commitment to the canal and the surrounding community was truly remarkable.

J.W. LeBreton Ross, along with his wife and four children, made the Superintendent's Residence their home, becoming witnesses to the canal's transformation into a crucial trade and transportation route.

Now, in the digital age, Living History Algoma collaborated with Parks Canada to produce a video that provides a brief glimpse into J.W. LeBreton Ross's nearly three-decade-long tenure as Superintendent. The Moments in Algoma: J.W. LeBreton Ross video not only highlights his dedication to the canal, but also showcases his contribution to horticulture in the community of Sault Ste. Marie.


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J.W. LeBreton Ross and the Sault Ste. Marie Canal

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