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Sault Ste. Marie in Algoma District, Ontario — Central Canada
 

The First Sault Ste. Marie Canal

Le Premier Canal de Sault Ste-Marie

 
 
The First Sault Ste. Marie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 4, 2017
1. The First Sault Ste. Marie Canal Marker
Inscription.
The French explorers who first reached this favoured Ojibway hunting and fishing ground were soon followed by fur traders and missionaries who built a post and mission. By 1762 the region had come under British control and the trade eventually fell into the hands of the North West Company. Canoes and larger boats were towed through the rapids, sometimes by oxen, until 1797-8 when the Company built a canal with a wooden lock sufficiently large to admit a Montreal canoe. The lock was destroyed by American troops in 1814.

Les marchands et les missionnaires suivirent de près les explorateurs françeis dans cette région où les Sauteux aimaient faire la pêche et la chasse, et ils y établirent un comptoir et une mission. Vers 1762, la région, dominée par les Britanniques, vit le commerée des fourrures passer à la Compagnie du Nord-Ouest. Canots et bateaux étaient halés, parfois par des boeufs, à travers les-rapides, mais en 1797-1798, la Compagnie aménagea un canal doté d'une écluse de bois assez grande pour y admettre un canot de maître. L'écluse fut détruite par les troupes américaines en 1814.
 
Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
 
Location. 46° 30.946′ N, 84° 20.916′ 
Wideview of The First Sault Ste. Marie Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 4, 2017
2. Wideview of The First Sault Ste. Marie Canal Marker
W. Marker is in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, in Algoma District. Marker is on Huron Street 0.1 kilometers south of Canal Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is beside the remains of the first canal at the south end of Huron Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 75 Huron Street, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 5P4, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Francis Hector Clergue (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); The North West Company Post (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Sault Ste. Marie Ship Canal (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The "Chicora" Incident (approx. half a kilometer away); Anna Jameson (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Passenger and Packet Freighters on the Upper Great Lakes (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); Dr. Roberta Bondar (approx. 1.3 kilometers away); Nicolas Perrot (approx. 1.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sault Ste. Marie.
 
Categories. ExplorationSettlements & SettlersWar of 1812Waterways & Vessels
 
The First Sault Ste. Marie Canal image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 4, 2017
3. The First Sault Ste. Marie Canal
Text on nearby marker:
This is a restoration of the first Bateau Lock 38 feet long 9 feet wide built by the North West Company in 1798. It was part of the first canal between Lake Huron and Lake Superior. A tow path extended from this lock west along the canal bank to the upper St. Mary's River.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 1, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.
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