The Sault Ste. Marie Canal, built in 1895, was the world’s longest lock, the first to operate using electricity and the last link in an all-Canadian navigational chain from the Atlantic to Lake Superior. Today the Canal, used by recreational craft, is a great spot for boat-watching and picnics - but you can do more than watch! Let a Parks Canada interpreter/guide introduce you to the Canal’s fascinating history.

Featured things to do

Two people on a boardwalk.
Take an urban trek

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
The fat bike

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 the canal.
Lock through the historic canal

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.

Sites nearby

  • A sailboat on Lake Superior.
    Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area

    Home to more than 70 fish species and 50 shipwrecks, Lake Superior is one of the world’s largest protected freshwater areas and offers outdoor activities ranging from fishing and swimming to snowshoeing and surfing.

  • Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site

    Visit Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site, 92 km south east of Sault Ste. Marie on the southern tip of St. Joseph Island, to learn about the once-vital British stronghold on Upper Canada’s western front.

  • A person in the front of a canoe.
    Pukaskwa National Park

    This is Ontario’s only wilderness national park, defined by pink-and-slate granite shores, Great Lake temperaments and near-endless stretches of spruce, fir, pine and hardwoods. Biodiverse coastal regions—where wetland, lake and forest meet—are home to iconic Canadian species like bald eagles, moose and bears.

Hours of operation

Open May 16 to October 7

Complete schedule


Free lockage in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fee list.

Contact us

Telephone: 705-941-6262