Since its opening in 1895, the famous Sault Ste. Marie Canal has been the watery heart of the city. Though a new lock now moves pleasure craft between Lakes Superior and Huron, the old Canal is remembered in tales shared each day by informative Parks Canada interpreters/guides. Once the longest lock in the world and the only one of its kind to operate using electricity, the Sault Ste. Marie Canal still plays a significant role in the cultural life of the area. If you’re a pleasure boater, you’ll love the gentle sensation of rising up or down through the lock as you move from one side to the other. No boat? No worries! Picnic under the nearby shade trees and enjoy a vicarious ride!

Site management

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    Plans and policies

    A key principle in Parks Canada’s approach to management is the delivery of the three elements of its mandate in an integrated manner, that is, the elements are mutually supportive, and actions are carried out interdependently.


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    Jobs with Parks Canada

    Find and apply for jobs with Parks Canada Agency.


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    Partners

    By working in collaboration with respected organisations that share our values, Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site is able to better deliver its promise to Canadians by continuing to be a world leader in the protection and presentation of Canada's natural and cultural heritage.  


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    shoreLINES: Stories from our guides and guardians

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


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    Contact us

    How to reach us.