Sault Ste. Marie, ON- Parks Canada is responsible for protecting and presenting nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to experience nature and discover our rich and varied history.
The Government of Canada is investing $790,000 in infrastructure for the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site. Yesterday, Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, made the announcement on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna. As part of the Canal’s official 2017 season launch, a ribbon cutting event was held to celebrate the completion of significant improvements to the site’s entry road as part of the infrastructure program.
“As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government of Canada is proud to invest in the protection and conservation of Sault Ste. Marie Canal. Through infrastructure investments at Parks Canada places, we are creating middle class jobs and sustained economic growth, while ensuring high-quality and meaningful visitor experiences for years to come. I encourage Canadians to visit Parks Canada destinations in northern Ontario as part of Canada 150 to experience the province’s natural and cultural treasures.” said Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie
The infrastructure investment will be dedicated to upgrading the Emergency Swing Dam, including the replacement of decking and handrails, improvements to the wicket chain stop blocks and pivot type turntable, and adding new support piers and structural steel coating. The recently completed Sault Ste. Marie Canal’s entry road reconstruction project, announced in 2015, included improvements to the storm water and road bed, road surface, curbs, walkways, and surrounding landscapes. As part of this project, visitors will be able to enjoy a newly paved, extended parking lot, as well as new sidewalks and improved lighting. Investments in preservation and restoration of Canada’s national historic sites will protect our country’s heritage and strengthen their appeal as destinations to celebrate our nation’s many achievements.
Today, the Sault Ste. Marie Canal Historic Site also kicked-off its official season launch with the event, “Road to 100”, that aimed to have 100 cyclists pedal the site’s newly surfaced roads and pathways. Visitors are encouraged to take part in this year’s many Canada 150 and 100th anniversary of national historic sites activities.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government of Canada is determined to create opportunities for Canadians across Canada to participate in a year-long celebration and help shape the best that Canada can be in the future. The Government is also very pleased to offer free admission for all visitors to national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas.
– The Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site, built in 1895, was the world’s longest lock, the first to operate using electricity and the last link in an all-Canadian navigational chain from the Atlantic to Lake Superior. Today the Canal, used by recreational craft, is a great spot for boat-watching and picnics.
– Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas.