Join The Birthday Bash With Parks Canada


Parks Canada is offering free entry to national historic sites and national parks on July 1st. In celebration of Canada Day, the Sault Ste. Marie Canal and Fort St. Joseph national historic sites will be hosting a variety of activities for the whole family.

Sault Ste. Marie Canal

  • Costumed interpreters are guiding children’s games from the early 1900s between 1pm and 5pm.
  • Free tours of the Canal and Powerhouse are being offered at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm and will focus on the Canal’s history and its role in the development of Sault Ste. Marie.
  • Come join the Métis Nation of Ontario in celebrating the many fascinating aspects of Métis culture.
  • Catch live entertainment by local band Northbound 35, who are performing on top of the Canalman’s Shelter between 1:30 and 4:30pm.
  • Parka, the Parks Canada beaver mascot will be making an appearance and children can participate in new Club Parka activities.

The Canal Visitor Centre will be open from 10:00am to 8:00pm. Call 705-941-6205 for more information.

Fort St. Joseph

  • Fort St. Joseph staff, dressed in period clothing, invite you to ring in our nation’s birthday on the shores of Lake Huron.
  • Participate in guided tours of the site, hike the nature trails, and have some cake and lemonade. There will be games for kids, as well as the popular Xplorers program.
  • Entry to the site is free this day, and activities are scheduled throughout the day and into the evening.

Fort St. Joseph will be open from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm on July 1st. Call 705-246-2664 for more information.

The Sault Ste. Marie Canal and Fort St. Joseph National Historic Sites are two of 167 national historic sites operated by Parks Canada. Parks Canada proudly protects and presents these national treasures as an important component of Canada’s heritage.