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Canoes for Conservation

Canoes For Conservation tours are interpretive guided canoe tours designed to be an enjoyable and informative outdoor activity. Canoe guides will take you on a journey along one of our historic water trails while sharing their knowledge about the local history, culture, and environment. Throughout the easy paddle, there will be plenty of time to take photos. We will also enjoy a hot cedar tea and some locally curated snacks on this unforgettable experience.

Tour Locations

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St. Marys River

Meet to begin the tour at Parks Canada Fisheries and Oceans dock, downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Pass through the historic Sault Ste. Marie Canal, a National Historic Site, made famous as the world’s first electrically operated lock. Paddle the Sault Ste. Marie waterfront learning about this international waterway as the only outflow from Lake Superior, the greatest expanse of freshwater on the planet.

aerial view of gros cap peninsula on lake superior shore

Gros Cap

Just 20 minutes west of Sault Ste. Marie, the tour begins at Gros Cap Marina Park in Prince Township. This is a fully accessible Lake Superior Water Trail access point to the Trans Canada Trail.

This intimate shoreline experience in the big canoe gets you up close to the spectacular red Jacobsville sandstone, a unique geological feature underlying this part of Lake Superior.

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Batchawana Bay

This tour begins on Batchawana Bay, an hour north of Sault Ste. Marie. We launch the big canoe into the Batchawana River, one of 200 waterways that flow into Lake Superior.

We will paddle to the rivermouth to the place where a long sweep of sand forms Batchawana Bay Provincial Park, and then upstream on the quiet waters of the Batchewana River enjoying a voyageur’s perspective.

How To Help

Protecting the greatest Lake on Earth means we all have a role to play in addressing the threatening elements of climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, invasive species, and the diversion of water from the watershed.

We believe in the power of our collective effort to solve these challenges.