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Parade of Paddles


Pre-registration is Required for this event


The Parade of Paddles welcomes experienced paddlers to decorate their canoes and kayaks in red and white and join a historic Voyageur brigade in a parade that locks through the Sault Ste. Marie Canal recreational lock and parade down the St. Marys River to kick off our Canada Day celebration in Sault Ste. Marie.

Let's break a Sault Ste. Marie Canal record and get 150 paddlers to lock through together!

The Parade of Paddles will follow the waterfront down to the Bushplane Heritage Centre where participants will land at the beach and are encouraged to portage across Bay Street to History Fest at the ErmatingerŸClergue National Historic Site. Bus shuttles will take paddlers back to the Canal to pick up their vehicles.

Pre-registration is required for this event.

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While at the Lock, spectators can enjoy entertainment by the Healing Lodge Singers, Ribbon Dancing by the Metis Association, Airbrush tattoos by Parks Canada and meet their mascot Parka. Learn about the History of Trapping and Furs at a display by the Trappers Association, find out important information about Invasive Species, Listen to the St. Marys River update from the Remedial Action Plan coordinator. Enjoy all the activities on the lock wall from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.









The celebration continues at the ErmatingerŸClergue National Historic Site during History Fest on July 1, 2017 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Join us for Lunch on the Lawn, tour the site with historic interpreters. Enjoy period performers, heritage crafts, pioneer games and entertainment.

Reserve your spot for Lunch on the Lawn at Ermatinger•Clergue – Paddler Package #2


Proud partners of this event



Made possible by the Canadian Heritage Rivers Celebrate Canada 150 Project

Thank you to our generous event sponsors



If you are experiencing technical difficulties with the registration form please call or email:


Christine Ropeter, Assistant Manager/Communications
Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority
Tel: 705-946-8530 ext. 1001