Saturday June 17th, the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site will be hosting a FREE community picnic from 11am to 5pm.
This first ever event will include live entertainment, and activities for all ages. Parks Canada will be selling ice cream treats and beverages as well as providing free airbrush tattoos.
‘Parks Canada welcomes you to visit the Sault Ste. Marie Canal and discover our community’s local talent. Spend Saturday, June 18th at the Canal enjoying live entertainment, local brewery tastings, and local food vendors.’
There might even be a boat going through the Locks.
‘There will be activities for all ages and we encourage everyone to bring blankets, snacks and your favourite games (Bocce! Frisbee! Washer Toss!).
The Sault’s Ultimate Players’ Association (SUPA) will be playing Frisbee and teaching tricks and techniques to all.
Watch a boat lock through, enjoy urban nature trails on foot or test drive our new fat bike rentals.’
“Completed in 1895, this canal formed the last link in an all-Canadian navigation system stretching from the St. Lawrence River to Lake Superior. Designed and built by Canadians, the canal incorporated several engineering innovations. It was the world’s longest lock and the first to operate with electrical power. It was also novel in using an emergency swing dam to protect the lock in case of accident. Electricity was generated on site in the powerhouse. Closed in 1987 owing to a lock wall failure, the canal was equipped with a modern lock and opened for recreational use in 1998.” Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, 1998
Sault Ste. Marie Canal on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/686483151489964/
Event website is here: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/ssmarie/activ/2016_picnic-piquenique.aspx