There’s a new way to see, feel, hear, and learn about Sault Ste. Marie. The Lake Superior Watershed Conservatory is now offering guided canoe tours on the St. Mary’s River, Gros Cap and Batchawana. Through its project, Canoes for Conservation, the organization is providing a unique experience for visitors and residents.
Up to 14 people can fit in the canoes, which range from 26 feet to 36 feet long. The typical trip starts at Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site and ends at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. Along the journey, the canoes pass by various points of interest, including Whitefish Island, the Machine Shop and Art Gallery of Algoma. During the voyage, trained tour guides provide paddlers with information that relates to
the heritage, culture and ecology of the locations.
“We can cater each tour to what the group wants to focus on and learn more about,” said Joanie McGuffin, Executive Director of the Lake Superior Watershed Conservatory. “Sault Ste. Marie has such a rich history – from the Anishinaabe people who have lived here for hundreds of years, to our early lock system that helped shape North America. It’s important to understand more of our heritage”
There are many opportunities to link our history with our natural environment. Canoes for Conservation is all about celebrating this heritage.”
The canoes are accessible and family‐friendly. To book a trip, or for more information, please visit http://www.superiorconservancy.org/book-online.
St. Marys River Guided Canoe
Paddle back in time as we glide into the historic canal, drift along the shores of an ancient Anishinaabek community, float below the mighty rapids, and flow along Sault Ste Marie’s downtown. Along the way, our guides will maneuver the canoe and share their knowledge of the river as it relates to the ecology, culture, and heritage of this place.
Guides will share many perspectives and share many stories that will immerse participants in the diversity of our local cultures. A focus of the tour will be indigenous culture and its deeply rooted connection to the river.
Gigizheb (Morning) – 3 hrs
Available Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun at 9am
Students & Seniors: CA$96.00
Bangishimo (Sunset) – 1 hr 30 mins.
Available Daily at 6pm and 8pm
Adults: CA$72.00 Child: CA$36.00
A more economical tour that will get the family out to cool off and enjoy our waterfront during the evening, while also learning unique insights about this place. Paddle back in time as we glide into the historic canal, drift along the shores of an ancient Anishinaabek community, float below the mighty rapids, and flow along Sault Ste Marie’s downtown.
Attikamek (Whitefish) – 3hrs
For paddlers looking to learn more about the aquatic life of the river. A replica “Attikamek” will be passed around to give participants a closer look at the fish responsible for sustaining generations of this community here.
Adults: CA$112.00 Child: CA$61.00
Students & Seniors: CA$96.00
Gros Cap Guided Canoe
This evening paddle along the Jacobsville sandstone cliffs of Gros Cap captures the rugged beauty of our region. This tour focuses on the Lake Superior freshwater ecosystem, geology of the lake’s shore, and local heritage. You may even spot a Group of Seven painting site along the way…
Evening Exploring – 1 hr 45 mins
Launches June 30th – Every Sunday choose either 5:30pm or 7:45pm time slot
Adults: CA$102.00 Child: CA$51.00
Batchawana Guided Canoe
An all inclusive full day paddling adventure on Batchawana Bay and Batchawana River. A focus on Lake Superior freshwater ecology, the Batchewana First Nation, and the history of Voyageurs.
Batchawana – 6 hr
Launches July 6th – Every Saturday at 10am
Adults: CA$212.00 Child: CA$106.00
“It’s great to have another unique product to offer visitors,” said Dan Hollingsworth, Executive Director of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. “Canoes for Conservation is a perfect platform to highlight the history of the area. We’re excited to offer this new experience to travellers. It provides a wonderful add‐on to our visitor offerings.”
The Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy is a charitable non‐profit organization that operates in Canada and the United States. Its mission is to protect the Lake Superior freshwater ecosystem for future generations.