Sail your boat through the lock at the Sault Ste. Marie Canal, or do your exploring of this fascinating site on foot. Learn how this Canal – once boasting thelongest lock in the world and the first one powered by electricity – allowed ships, and now pleasure craft, to bypass the rapids caused by a change in elevation in the St. Marys River.

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The Club Parka booklet invites kids to explore, learn and have fun! Once activities are completed, they'll receive a reward! The booklets are available on site.

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  • Two people on a boardwalk.

    Attikamek Trail

    Hike the 2.2 kilometre Attikamek trail located across the lock gates on South St. Marys Island to experience the beauty of the natural world in the heart of the city of Sault Ste. Marie.

  • A cyclist.

    Rent a Fatbike

    Wide tire cycling enthusiasts, come enjoy the outdoors! Fat bikes are now available for rent at the Sault Canal. Explore the trails with these fun, off-road- ready bikes

  • A sailboat in a canal.

    Locking through

    Guide your boat into the lock at the Sault Ste. Marie Canal and feel the power of the water as it lifts you from Lake Huron to Lake Superior, bypassing the St. Marys River rapids.

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