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It's national, it's historic, and its chock full of stuff to do

Friday, July 04, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

PARKS CANADA

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Summer is always an exciting time at the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site.

In 2014, the historic site will offer new opportunities like the Club Parka program for kids, as well as the classic Heritage Teas, popular guided tours and the Xplorers program. Between programs, visitors will find additional activities to enjoy—watch a boat lock through the recreational lock, walk an urban trail system, browse new Parks Canada merchandise and enjoy a tasty treat in the gift shop, and check out the Visitor Centre in its new home in the iconic Powerhouse.

Through initiatives like these, Parks Canada is supporting Canada's National Conservation Plan (NCP) by taking concrete action to connect Canadians to nature. In addition, the ongoing work of Parks Canada and programs – like the Xplorers program, Learn-to Camp and special events and exciting new activities and programs across the country – are enhancing visitor experience and facilitating personal connections with Parks Canada places.

Heritage Teas

The Heritage Teas are back! Enjoy live music, costumed interpreters, fancy sandwiches, tea and desserts. This year’s teas take place at 2 p.m. on July 20 and 27, and August 3 and 10. The teas usually sell out quickly so reserve your spot today by calling 705-941-6205.

Guided Tours  

Enjoy a tour of the entire site, or a “spotlight tour” of a particular area of interest—the Superintendent’s Residence, the newly restored Powerhouse, or the world’s only remaining Emergency Swing Dam! Program fees apply.

Geocaching

A GeoTour is a series of related geocaches along a route or in a region that tell a story. The Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour isn’t your typical history or geography lesson. Get ready to explore Northern Ontario and discover how its people, places and events shaped the Canada we know today.

Find the caches, answer the questions, collect at least 100 points, and you’ll be eligible for a collectible Heritage Hide’n’Seek coin.

There are two caches located at the Sault Ste. Marie Canal to get you started. Happy hunting!

Xplorers Program

The Sault Ste. Marie Canal is excited to offer a national program specifically designed for children aged 6 to 11 and their families. The Xplorers program gives young visitors the chance to have fun while discovering the national historic site.

Pick up an activity book from the Visitor Centre. After completing a number of experiences, participants receive a certificate and a souvenir as tokens of their success. The program is free of charge.

Club Parka

Parka is the proud mascot of Parks Canada’s Club Parka program, comprised of team-led and self-guided activities designed for children up to the age of six to help them learn, explore and make discoveries while having fun.

Parka wants to encourage visitors to explore the world around! Come out to the Sault Ste. Marie Canal to help Parka through a maze, figure out puzzles and search for animals, insects and camping gear. Make a spy glass or binoculars to check out nature up close!

“Completed in 1895, the Sault Ste. Marie Canal was the longest lock in the world. The first to be electrically operated, it represented the most advanced technology in canal design and operation. Parks Canada is proud to offer learning experiences and interactive programs that present the site’s rich historic and cultural importance. Through popular programs like the Heritage Teas, and the all-new Club Parka and Xplorers programs for kids, visitors of all ages and interests will find something to enjoy!” - Stéphane Comeault, Interpretation Officer and Coordinator, Sault Ste. Marie Canal and Fort St. Joseph National Historic Sites.

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