Parks Canada has responded to an article published by Saultonline.com earlier this week concerning signs posted at the historic park warning people of danger in parts of the canal park.
“The signs in question were posted at the Sault Ste. Marie Canal at the end of the last two operating seasons, to discourage vehicular traffic from accessing the road to the west of the train tracks for public safety reasons. They contain standard messages that are used across the country at Parks Canada sites to convey general visitor safety messaging about areas to which public access is not encouraged.” responded Robin Lessard Field Unit Superintendent Northern Ontario Parks Canada Agency.
Despite some criticism over the years concerning the upkeep of the area, Parks Canada will officially open for another season starting today.
Parks Canada did not indicate if the signs will be eventually removed and if any improvements were being planned to develop the area to make it safe for visitors. Lessard did outline improvements to the overall site.
“The Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site officially opens on May 16th . Interpretive programming will showcase the significant improvements made to the site over recent years, including infrastructure upgrades to the recreational lock that were part of a $2.6 million long-term strategy for the lock funded by the federal government’s Economic Action Plan.” Lessard said.
“Approximately $460,000 was invested in repairs and restoration over the past few years to the site’s iconic Powerhouse building, which now houses the visitor centre and gift shop. Most recently, significant improvements in excess of $700,000 have been made to the Administration Building.” Lessard added.
Last year over 138,000 people visited the Sault Ste. Marie Canal. “Parks Canada looks forward to continuing to protect and present the Sault Canal’s natural and cultural treasures, and to share this special place with current and future generations.”
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