Waterfront Recreation Facility gets a $100,000 boost


The Government of Canada is investing $100,000 to assist with renovations to Sault College’s waterfront recreational facility and tennis courts. The funding will upgrade the interior and exterior of the building by adding a kitchen, change rooms, teaching and learning centre, as well as a new security system. Eight tennis courts on the property will also be upgraded to competition level, and new fencing will be erected around the property’s perimeter.

“The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of investing in key community facilities, such as Sault College’s waterfront facility and tennis courts, to preserve and enhance recreational assets that are widely used by the community at large. The renovations announced today will ensure that residents can continue to pursue their activities in a structurally safe environment.” said,  Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor

Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor, today announced the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program investment. Sault College acquired the property in 2014 through a generous donation. Its use had been limited due to deteriorating infrastructure.

“I am delighted that today’s announcement will ensure that this important site remains a source of community pride and a beehive of activity. Furthermore, our investment will enable Sault College to strengthen its partnerships with First Nation groups in the area who will use the facility as a teaching and learning centre.” said Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) funding, delivered in Northern Ontario through FedNor, is part of the Government of Canada’s coordinated approach to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. These investments across Canada will help create jobs, boost economic activity, strengthen communities, and celebrate Canada’s rich heritage and history.

“I would like to thank the Government of Canada and FedNor for investing in our waterfront site and for demonstrating its support toward our long-term goals. This facility will augment the recreational and programming services available at Sault College, as well as serve the community.” Ron Common, President, Sault College


  1. Pre-RYTAC, we called it simply “The Boat Club”.
    SCI students used the facility for dances,tennis,sculling, and generally socializing.Sault Tech students using the facility were in the minority.
    The “S” club ,was the premiere group of SCI basketball ,football,tennis,etc. students who organized events and were executive members of the club’s administration,and maintenance..
    The sculls were stored ,hung from the ceiling of the first floor.Above, was the “dance hall” that opened up on to a full length veranda overlooking the docks and St. Mary’s River.
    My student years of the mid fifties was made all the more memorable,because of this wonderful venue on the waterfront.
    What an incredible place to “hang out” with friends..May it be restored once more, for the current generation to enjoy .

  2. Great news about RYTAC!!! Thanks Terry and NOHFC and all those who helped make this happen. It’s a very good use of Re-Startup capital to help RYTAC continue to flourish again! Still, it will need the continued help of many many of us volunteers to make sure it keeps flourishing 🙂 In any case, this is still a great announcement. Thank you very much.

    Mark Andrew Brown
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