Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site

by Gary McWilliams (aka Festival Nomad)

We had we great visit to Sault Ste. Marie!

So many things to see and do.

One of the most interesting attractions we experienced was the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site.

Excerpts from Wikipedia ~ “The first canal on the site opened in 1798, but was destroyed in 1814 during the War of 1812.”

“The latest canal dates to 1895, and formed part of the shipping route from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Superior, along with the two locks on the US side of the river. “

The SSM Canal is now a National Historic Site.

It was designated this in 1987.

The grounds on the site are beautiful.

As Judi (Scoop) and I explores the site, we imagined the ships that sailed up the canal and through the locks,

The day that we visited the site, the weather was so clear and calm, that it made everything feel surreal.

As we looked over the canal, we could see the USA.

It was fun to walk on the different walkways of the canal.

Again, you could imagine large ships passing by, their destination somewhere and someplace in the future.

Another interesting part of the canal site was the Powerhouse.

We looked inside to see the amazing historic equipment!

It was getting late, but we could feel the “reflections of the past“.

When you visit Sault Ste. Marie, make sure you explore the SSM Canal National Historic Site.

As we were leaving, we looked back over the canal and saw the link to our past, present and future!