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Sault Ste. Marie

in-person event information

Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come and explore many of Sault Ste. Marie's historical and landmark buildings live and in person for Doors Open Sault Ste. Marie!

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Numerous events are planned to honour both residential school survivors and those who didn’t survive the residential school system.

A national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for residential school survivors and others affected. People can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line at 1-866-925-4419.

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Algoma Conservatory of MusicDoors Open Sault Ste. Marie

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Algoma Conservatory of Music

Built at the turn of the 19th century, this building served as The Consolidated Lake Superior Company General Office Building – one of the finest examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture in Ontario. It was designated in 1993 and is now home to the Algoma Conservatory of Music, a regional centre for music education, performance and recording.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Virtual tours

Contact info

75 Huron Street
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Email: algomaconservatory@algomau.ca
https://algomaconservatory.com

Architecture

Year built: 1894
Building type: Concert hall Historical landmark
Architect: Francis H. Clergue

Dates/hours open

Oct 01 - Oct 01

Algoma University (formerly Shingwauk Residential School)Doors Open Sault Ste. Marie

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Algoma University (formerly Shingwauk Residential School)

This site is crucial to understanding the history of residential schools and reconciliation in Canada. The Shingwauk Residential School, which operated from 1874-1970, is now home to Algoma University, which offers cross-cultural education, healing and learning. Visitors can also explore the award-winning Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall exhibition that tells the site’s history within the larger history of colonialism and reconciliation.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Washrooms

Contact info

1520 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Email: shingwaukdg@algomau.ca
http://shingwauk.org

Architecture

Year built: 1935
Building type: Educational facility Historical landmark Museum

Dates/hours open

Oct 01 - Oct 01

BishophurstDoors Open Sault Ste. Marie

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Bishophurst

Bishophurst is a large neo-Georgian house constructed of common red sandstone and set in a treed, park-like setting, it functions as the “See House” of the Anglican Diocese of Algoma, and has served continuously as the home of the Anglican Bishop of Algoma. Of note is the front entrance enhanced by a columned portico and the recently renovated Lady Chapel.

  • Guided tours available

Contact info

134 Simpson Street
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1876
Building type: Historical landmark Historical house

Dates/hours open

Oct 01 - Oct 01

Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre (Ranger Theatre)Doors Open Sault Ste. Marie

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Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre (Ranger Theatre)

Innovations in forest-fire management techniques, training and tools were pioneered at the Ontario Provincial Air Service, the historical home of the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. During Doors Open, join an in-person discussion with Archive Assistant Candy Burns as she gives you an open-door view into forest fire-fighting history from pumps and hoses to waterbombing and training.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Parking
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Washrooms
  • Activities and games

Contact info

50 Pim Street
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Email: display@bushplane.com
https://bushplane.com

Architecture

Year built: 1924 and 1947
Building type: Attraction Historical landmark Museum Transportation

Dates/hours open

Oct 01 - Oct 01

Canal District, TheDoors Open Sault Ste. Marie

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Canal District, The

Francis H. Clergue arrived in the Sault in 1894 and established the Lake Superior Power Company and the Sault Ste. Marie Pulp and Paper Company Limited, building his own machine shop and foundry to create the machines he needed to run the businesses. Today, the property features pubs, restaurants, event spaces, The Rink and the train station.

  • Food vendors
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms

Contact info

83 Huron Street
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
https://machineshopinc.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1899
Building type: Food and drink Historical landmark

Dates/hours open

Oct 01 - Oct 01

Clergue BlockhouseDoors Open Sault Ste. Marie

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Clergue Blockhouse

The Clergue Blockhouse stands today as a reminder of two important periods in Sault Ste. Marie's history. The base of the blockhouse contains exhibits on the city and the fur trade while the top floor showcases exhibits on the early industrialization of Sault Ste. Marie and the man who made it happen – Francis H. Clergue.

  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms

Architecture

Year built: 1821-96
Building type: Historical landmark Museum

Dates/hours open

Oct 01 - Oct 01

Entomica InsectariumDoors Open Sault Ste. Marie

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Entomica Insectarium

Entomica Insectarium is an insect-based science centre located inside the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. A variety of live, exotic insects from around the world are displayed in beautiful, living environments. Founded in 2014, Entomica shares the fascinating, hidden and often-misunderstood world of insects. By showcasing insects in an engaging and educational way, they provide a hands-on experience for deeper learning.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms

Contact info

50 Pim Street
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Email: bugus@entomica.com
https://www.entomica.com

Architecture

Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

Oct 01 - Oct 01

Ermatinger Old Stone HouseDoors Open Sault Ste. Marie

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Ermatinger Old Stone House

Built in 1812-14 by Charles Oakes Ermatinger, the Ermatinger Old Stone House is one of the oldest stone buildings west of Toronto. It has served many purposes over the years – as a hotel, a sheriff's residence and, prior to being abandoned, apartments. Restored in 1967, the building is now a historical site and museum.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Partial wheelchair access
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Washrooms
  • Videos

Architecture

Year built: 1812-14
Building type: Historical landmark Historical house Museum

Dates/hours open

Oct 01 - Oct 01

North West Company LockDoors Open Sault Ste. Marie

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North West Company Lock

The North West Company Lock is located at the foot of Huron Street. It is actually two structures built almost 100 years apart. The stone replica lock seen today was built in 1896 and lies over the floor and framework of the original lock built in 1797. The lock was built to help laden canoes and boats navigate the rapids.

  • Guided tours available
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Contact info

75 Huron Street
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: 1797; 1896

Architect: Francis H. Clergue

Dates/hours open

Oct 01 - Oct 01

Ontario Forest Research InstituteDoors Open Sault Ste. Marie

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Ontario Forest Research Institute

Tour the Ontario Forest Research Institute – one of the most beautifully designed buildings in Sault Ste. Marie. The Institute focuses on helping forests adapt to climate change, maintaining the genetic diversity of Ontario’s forests, studying forest diseases and invasive insects, and more. Constructed of local maple and glass, the building offers a work environment with plenty of natural light.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

1235 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-research

Architecture

Year built: 1987
Building type: Government building
Architect: David Ellis

Dates/hours open

Oct 01 - Oct 01

Precious Blood CathedralDoors Open Sault Ste. Marie

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Precious Blood Cathedral

When Precious Blood Cathedral was built in 1875, it dominated the skyline. Local sandstone and timber were used in its construction. The design is in the Gothic revival style with a single nave, tall lancet windows, a slate roof and an impressive bell tower. Come and explore this beautiful building and learn more about its history.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Parking
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Washrooms

Contact info

778 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Email: pbcathedral@on.aibn.com
https://preciousbloodssm.com

Architecture

Year built: 1875
Building type: Historical landmark Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Oct 01 - Oct 01

Sault Ste. Marie CanalDoors Open Sault Ste. Marie

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Sault Ste. Marie Canal

Completed in 1895, the Sault Ste. Marie Canal was recognized as a marvel of engineering – the first electrically operated lock in the world. The canal’s Powerhouse, constructed of red sandstone excavated from the canal, generated the electricity. The lock provided an all-Canadian waterway from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Superior. While exploring the site, don’t miss the new Visitor Centre.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Kid-friendly
  • National Historic Site (Canada)
  • Parking
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Site has blue and gold provincial plaque
  • Washrooms

Contact info

1 Canal Drive
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Email: infolhncssm-ssmcnhsinfo@pc.gc.ca
https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/ssmarie

Architecture

Year built: 1895
Building type: Attraction Government building Historical landmark Historical house Transportation

Dates/hours open

Oct 01 - Oct 01

Sault Ste. Marie Public Library - North BranchDoors Open Sault Ste. Marie

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Sault Ste. Marie Public Library - North Branch

During 2021, the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library – with two locations to serve you – celebrated 125 years of history. The North Branch, opened in 2020, contains a new archival facility that houses records dating back to 1822. During Doors Open, tours of the archives will be available by reservation only as space is limited.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

232C Northern Avenue East
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
https://ssmpl.ca

Architecture

Year built: 2020
Building type: Library

Dates/hours open

Oct 01 - Oct 01

Sault Ste. Marie Walking TourDoors Open Sault Ste. Marie

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Sault Ste. Marie Walking Tour

Come and learn about Sault Ste. Marie through this informative walking tour and hear some of the fascinating stories behind many of the city’s iconic buildings – including the Algonquin Hotel, Precious Blood Cathedral, the cenotaph, the Old Stone House and Blockhouse, the Sault Ste. Marie Museum, the courthouse, several banks, the former YMCA and the Memorial Tower.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Self-guided tours available
  • Activities and games
  • Self-guided tours available

Contact info

Start your tour at the Algonquin Hotel (864 Queen Street East)
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Architecture

Year built: Various

Architect: Various

Dates/hours open

Oct 01 - Oct 01

Shingwauk Kinoomaage GamigDoors Open Sault Ste. Marie

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Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig

The Anishinaabek Discovery Centre was completed in 2019 as the new home of Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig – the centre of excellence in Anishinaabe post-secondary education. The design was inspired by Chief Shingwauk's vision of a “teaching wigwam." The 7.3-metre (24-foot) barrel-vault timber roof is crafted of spruce and the dome structure mimics that of a traditional Anishinaabe longhouse.

  • Full wheelchair access
  • Guided tours available
  • Kid-friendly
  • Parking
  • Washrooms

Contact info

1491 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
https://shingwauku.org

Architecture

Year built: 2019
Building type: Educational facility Historical landmark
Architect: Two Row Architect

Dates/hours open

Oct 01 - Oct 01