The last management plan for the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site (PDF, 3.35 MB) was written in 2007. We are currently engaged in management planning for Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site. Management planning is a time to celebrate past successes, re-evaluate goals, and create new strategies for the future. The site has met many of the objectives set out in the plan (PDF, 0.2 MB), while others will be reviewed and may be included in the site’s new 2017 Management Plan.

Taking stock

Management planning provides the opportunity for Parks Canada to take stock of a site and set a course for the future. We have completed an assessment of Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site, including the condition of its cultural resources and contemporary assets, as well as visitor experiences, external support and Indigenous relations. 

Consider the possibilities

The evaluation has helped us identify issues and opportunities for improvement and change. Our efforts will be focused on three main areas:

  • Improve the condition of cultural resources, buildings and engineering resources at the site to both protect these historical treasures and present them to the public.
  • Enhancements to visitor activities designed to make the most of SSM Canal’s diverse offerings and establish the site as a community hub.
  • Strengthening and building relationships with Indigenous partners, stakeholders and tourism organizations.

Bring history to life

Parks Canada manages national parks and historic sites on behalf of all Canadians. For this reason, public input plays an important role in management planning. We welcome your thoughts and ideas on the future of Sault Ste. Marie Canal, one of our nation’s cultural treasures.

For more information, write to:


Historic Sites Manager
Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site
1 Canal Drive
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 6W4

Keep checking this website for updates as the management planning process moves forward.