shoreLINES is a quarterly newsletter intended to keep our partners and stakeholders informed about Parks Canada's activities and heritage places in Northern Ontario.

Gardening legacy

By Elia Marini


After the Sault Ste. Marie Canal's construction in 1895, the landscape was left bare, and beautifying the grounds became a top priority for Superintendent J.W. LeBreton Ross. In 1911, motivated by the "Beautify Canada" campaign, LeBreton Ross applied for funds to improve the canal's landscape. He was given $5,000 and immediately began planting tree seedlings and flower beds around the site. Some of these trees are still standing today. In the 1920s, the canal employed three gardeners. Art Briscoe was hired as the lead gardener in 1931 and worked at the canal for 29 years. He strived to maintain the landscape in the style of an English garden. By the 1930s, the canal grounds were said to be at their peak and became quite a tourist attraction.

‘Drei-seen-id’ all before: Zebra mussel monitoring

By Daniel Weller

The invasion of zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) in Lake Superior is very much a case of “we’ve seen it all before.” In an effort to better understand where and how zebra mussels are spreading, Parks Canada staff at Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) and Pukaskwa National Park piloted a monitoring program over the summer of 2020.

Marsh make-over

By Christine Drake

In 2021, Parks Canada has committed to replacing the walkway in the Hattie Cove wetland in Pukaskwa National Park. In place of the current boardwalk, an entirely new structure will be built to reduce maintenance, enhance ecological integrity, and improve overall visitor experiences.

2020 Round Table on Parks Canada

Minister’s Response

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, presented his response to feedback received through the 2020 Minister’s Round Table on Parks Canada, which was held last fall.

Wildfire Suppression in Oregon

By Taylor Benda and Jen Morrison

On September 16th 2020, the Parks Canada Fire Crew from Pukaskwa National Park, including members Charles Ingleton, Jennifer Morrison, and Taylor Benda departed for Redmond, Oregon, to assist with the devastating Lionshead wildfire which burned more than 200,000 acres and destroyed 264 residences.

New and exciting north shore visitor centres

By Darrell Makin

Who wants to take a road trip? Here’s an idea! Take a drive along Highway 17 to Terrace Bay and Schreiber. Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA), and both communities, have collaborated on the development of two new visitor centres to promote and support regional tourism.

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