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Public washrooms, visitor centres reopen at Sault Ste. Marie Canal, Fort St. Joseph

Visitors are encouraged to wear a mask inside visitors centres
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Improvements are being done to the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site's exterior, Aug. 1, 2018. Darren Taylor/SooToday

Parks Canada has announced that more services are now available at the Sault Ste. Marie Canal and Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site.

Visitors can now access the Visitor Centre and gift shop, trails, grounds and picnic areas, interpretive programs and site tours (with some limitations), and public washrooms.

Visitor centres at both sites are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

Parks Canada sites were shuttered across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic in late-March.

On June 1, the canal reopened the following services and facilities:

  • The recreational lock is operating, seven days per week, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The public washroom is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Hiking on the Attikamek Trail
  • The day-use areas and green spaces on North and South St. Marys Islands
  • The east end parking lot

On June 17, Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site opened basic services including some trails, the ruins, day-use areas, and the main parking lot. 

Parks Canada reminds the public to limit the spread of COVID-19 by maintaining a distance of two metres from others, and where a mask inside buildings at the Sault Ste. Marie Canal and Fort St. Joseph National Historic Sites.