Removal of Timber Fender Floats

This project comprises the removal of timber fender floats and associated cabling and rigging structures from the water. The floats were added to the canal at the time of commercial operation and have become natural wood debris over time, however they have deteriorated and are now posing risks to recreational activities in the canal. The floats are located in a few areas along the canal and will be permanently stored on the West End of North St. Mary's Island, at least 30 meters away from the water. The plan is to remove the floats and associated structures in their entirety using cranes and possibly other heavy equipment. The activities will occur outside of lock operating season. This project will be assessed with a basic impact assessment.


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


Latest update

February 12, 2022 – The public comment period on the project is closed. Parks Canada is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

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Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 New project being assessed by Parks Canada - Public comments invited from January 13 to February 12, 2022 - January 13, 2022

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Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site
0, Hwy 627
PO Box 212
Heron Bay, Ontario P0T 1R0

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