Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site of Canada
Partnering with the Sault Ste. Marie Canal
The City of Sault Ste. Marie, population 75,000, is located along the St. Mary's River through which Lake Superior flows into Lake Huron. Due to its strategic location Sault Ste. Marie has historically been and continues to be a gathering place. A modern lock, installed inside the historic canal, was opened to recreational and tour boat traffic in 1998 close to the City's downtown core. Parks Canada and the City of Sault Ste. Marie are proud to collaborate on the operation and maintenance of the recreational lock at the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site. Training on the site's history, recording of visitation statistics and knowledge sharing regarding maintenance and mechanical operations are conducted jointly by the City and Parks Canada. As a result of this collaborative arrangement, residents and visitors benefit from the opportunity to see history in action.