The Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site offers a wide variety of curriculum based education programs for children of all ages with strong links to Ontario's Science & Technology curriculum. When opened in 1895, the Sault Canal represented the most advanced technology in canal design and operation. It was the world's longest lock and the first to be illuminated and operated by electricity.

Last week in May and all of June

Beavers and habitats, 2 hour program

  • Hike to the wetlands to observe the beaver’s habitat
  • See various bird and mammal species
  • Explore an urban riparian area
  • Learn about an animal’s essential needs

Simple machines of the canal, 2 hour program

  • Explore the modern lock and learn why certain materials were used in its construction
  • Get a close up look at the Emergency Swing Dam and use a simple machine to move a heavy load

Then and now, 2 hour program

  • Walk to the rapids to learn how the land rehabilitated itself following the canal’s construction
  • Explore the use of a modern lock which alleviated the need to portage canoes around the rapids
  • Learn how political conflict led to the construction of the Sault Ste. Marie Canal between 1889 and 1895

Super structures

  • Examine how the Emergency Swing Dam was constructed to withstand external forces
  • Build an interactive LEGO® model

Orienteering and Compassing

  • Learn how to convert an aerial photo into a working map
  • Use a compass to find bearings and draw transects on a map
  • Shoot bearings with a compass
  • Determine your personal pace factor
  • Use a GPS receiver to navigate around a predetermined course
  • Compare compass and GPS – which do you prefer?

Program fees $4.90 per student, teachers and chaperones are free

To book your field trip call 705-941-6202 or email