Just across from the lock gates on South St. Mary's Island lies the Attikamek trail. Go for a hike and keep your eyes peeled for ducks, herons, frogs, squirrels, raccoons and other waterfowl and wildlife on this accessible trail.

Become a citizen scientist

While you explore the site, you can help Parks Canada by becoming a citizen scientist and sharing your observations on our iNaturalist project.  Using the free mobile app, report any species (big or small) you see and their location. Don't forget to snap a picture! Discover what others citizen scientists are finding or use iNaturalist to ID a species you may not recognize. The data collected helps scientists better understand and protect environments – not only at the Sault Ste. Marie Canal, but worldwide!More information and resources are available at the visitor centre.


Walk along the Attikamek trail and discover this natural environment for yourself – beauty of the natural world in the heart of the city.

Discover unique features


The aquatic environments and diversified wetlands make Attikamek trail a habitat for a multitude of animals.




South St. Mary's Island, layered with tons of rock and debris during canal construction, has since developed a thin cover of soil where plant life has become re-established.

Keeping Wildlife Wild