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Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site

1 Canal Dr, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 6W4, Canada
+1 705-941-6262
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Very invest5ing watching a huge ship go through the locks. The boat ride going through was not... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
jemx1
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Dallas, TX
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Nice visit to the Locks

great tour of the Locks, leisurly trip, lots to explore and learn about the history of the area... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
CarolynV52
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Dartmouth, Canada
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Sail your boat through the lock at the Sault Ste. Marie Canal, or do your exploring of this fascinating site on foot. Learn how this Canal - once boasting the longest lock in the world and the first one powered by electricity - allowed ships, and now pleasure craft, to bypass the rapids caused by a change in elevation in the St. Marys River. Free entry to our Visitor Centre, gift shop, washrooms, parking, walking and biking trails. Fat Bikes available for hourly rental. Full guided site tours available for a small fee. The Lock, Visitor Centre and washrooms are closed from Mid October to Mid May, but the site still open to the public to enjoy the exterior exhibits, grounds and trails.
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1 Canal Dr, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 6W4, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very invest5ing watching a huge ship go through the locks. The boat ride going through was not running at the time we were there. Would've enjoyed taking the boat through.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great tour of the Locks, leisurly trip, lots to explore and learn about the history of the area, the Algoma Steel plant, walking trails...lots to see and do.

Thank CarolynV52
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting the locks at in Sault Ste Marie was a fun family outing. There is a lot of history there. There is an island you can walk across the lock to get to. It is great for bird watching.

Thank Stay M
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

We were there in March. Trails were open but snow covered. The Visitor Center has a really nice booklet called Trails of Sault Ste Marie - A Walking Guide. It outlines all of the walking trails in the city. I'd suggest you stop and pick...More

Thank duncan12424
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Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Great location to walk, go on lock tours, tour our historic preservation of the buildings and the island. Plenty of room for all outdoor activities.

1  Thank Dianne B
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

Located right downtown Sault St. Marie, the locks connect Lake Superior and Lake Huron. In between is St Mary's river. You can walk over the lock to a couple of walking trails on South St Mary's and Whitefish Islands. The trails go through some nice...More

3  Thank hongkongdave44
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

Even if you've seen the Soo locks on the US side, be sure to check out the Canadian Soo Locks. It's fun and fascinating to watch how the lock system works. You can walk right across the lock when the gates are closed. Beyond the...More

5  Thank Ann B
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

If youve never seen a lock system before its nice to see how the boat get from one lake to the next, and theres a great walking path that takes you to White Fish Island. Great sights and Great walk.

Thank burchtree
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

Watching the locks at work and you can do several times in a day is a real experience considering the level difference of lake Superior and Huron. take walk to the tails in the islands and its a real rewarding experience with so much wildlife.

Thank Nadkangla
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

we really enjoyed this walk. We walked from the Delta along the boardwalk to the canal-great views. It was free and we got to see how the locks worked. A few boats went through so we saw it in action. The washrooms were clean and...More

2  Thank sportsmomLondon
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Response from sheldon m | Reviewed this property |
The rapids on the St. Mary's river are just outside downtown SSM Canada. Just go to to the Canadian locks, cross the locks and walk through the semi-wild park (good path).
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