Want a more in-depth experience? Come and explore the extensive grounds and historic structures of the Sault Ste. Marie Canal. Join one of our knowledgeable interpreters as they guide you through the site on one of our themed tours. 


Site Tour

Join a knowledgeable interpreter and learn everything there is to know about the history of the first electrically operated lock in the world. Highlights include the Powerhouse, historic machinery, the Emergency Swing Dam and its role in the accident of 1909, and how Parks Canada is preserving this national historic site. Admission to the new exhibit in the Stores Building is included in the tour.

The Site Tour is about one hour long,  walking approximately 1.3 km along a paved sidewalk.  Tours can be adjusted to fit your needs.

Dates and Times: Available during regular Visitor Centre hours

Price: Visit our fees page

Reservation:
Individual and family walk-ins are welcome;  large groups require advanced reservations. Please call 705-941-6205 or email pc.infolhncssm-ssmcnhsinfo.pc@canada.ca to make a reservation.

Island Tour

Take a walk across South St. Mary’s Island to view the St. Marys River rapids. This tour features the history of Whitefish Island and North and South St. Mary’s Islands and how they are significant to the story of Sault Ste. Marie and the Indigenous peoples of the region. The tour passes through a continually changing landscape and highlights some of Parks Canada’s environmental conservation projects. Admission to the new exhibit in the Stores Building is included in the tour.

The Island Tour is about 1.5 hours long, walking approximately 2 km on trails and hard surfaces.

Dates and Times: Available during regular Visitor Centre hours

Price: Visit our fees page

Reservation:
Individual and family walk-ins are welcome;  large groups require advanced reservations. Please call 705-941-6205 or email 
pc.infolhncssm-ssmcnhsinfo.pc@canada.ca to make a reservation. 

Travel Trade

  • Suitable for large groups
  • Suitable for small groups
  • Suitable for FIT (Fully Independent Travelers)
  • Motor coach parking available
  • Washrooms on site
  • Gift shop