The Sault Ste. Marie Canal, built in 1895, was the world’s longest lock, the first to operate using electricity and the last link in an all-Canadian navigational chain from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Superior. Today, the Canal is a great spot for boat-watching, picnics and a variety of other activities. Let a Parks Canada interpreter introduce you to the canal’s fascinating history, rent a Fat Bike, or join us for tea at the Superintendent’s Residence.
Featured things to do
Hours of operation
Site access: Every day from 6am to 10pm
Lock navigation season: May 15 – October 15
Visitor Centre: June – October
Site access and lockage is free.
Other fees still apply.
Detailed fee list.
Main Office: 705-941-6262
Visitor Centre: 705-941-6205
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Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area
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Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site
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