Supplied by Parks Canada…
SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO, July 21, 2020 – On July 20, 2020, the Sault Ste. Marie Canal and
Fort St. Joseph National Historic Sites re-opened with limited visitor services.
Visitors now have access to the following services and facilities:
Visitor Centre and gift shop (with some limitations)
Trails, grounds and picnic areas
Interpretive programs and site tours (with some limitations)
Public washrooms
Hours of operation for the Visitor Centre at both sites are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Safety information
outlining Visitor Centre capacity and indoor etiquette will be posted outside entry doors, and visitors
are asked to respect these guidelines.
Some interpretive programming will be offered. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead or check the
Sault Ste. Marie Canal and Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site websites at and in advance of their visit to find out which activities will be available, what they
can expect, and how to prepare for their visit. Regular admission and programming fees apply.
The health and safety of visitors and employees is of utmost importance to the Government of
Canada. Parks Canada is following the advice of public health experts and continues to make every
effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visitors should follow the advice of public health experts,
including necessary hygiene practices and physical distancing of two metres from others.
In accordance with Algoma Public Health, it is now mandatory for all members of the public entering
the indoor premises of businesses and organizations in the Algoma District to wear a face covering
(i.e. non-medical mask). This includes entry to all buildings at the Sault Ste. Marie Canal and Fort St.
Joseph National Historic Sites.
Visiting a national historic site will be different than in previous years. Some national historic sites may
reduce the number of visitors allowed to enter at one time to ensure physical distancing; and some
areas, rooms, or buildings may remain closed for health and safety reasons. Some national historic
sites may remain closed.
Visitors are reminded that if they plan to travel outside of their home province to visit a Parks Canada
place, they must follow the applicable provincial or territorial travel restrictions. Some provinces and
territories allow only essential or limited inbound travel at this time, while others require those entering
to follow a period of self-isolation.

Information Bulletin

The Parks Canada website provides detailed information on what locations are open, what visitors can
expect, how to prepare for a visit, and what services may be available. Visitors should check
before they travel.
This year, Canada Historic Places Day will be celebrated throughout the months of July and
August. Parks Canada and the National Trust for Canada have developed a website aimed at
promoting virtual engagement and exploration of our treasured sites. Visit: