Historic District

2.0 km Marker

Changing Shorelines

River · Rivière · Ziibi

View of Topsail Island and the Bellevue Marina, showing the shoreline of the river. Photo: Tourism Sault Ste. Marie

This spot is a great place to look out on the St. Marys River. Here you can see Bellevue Park, the International Bridge, tour boats, and freighters travelling the St. Lawrence Seaway to pick up and deliver cargo.

The land surrounding this Trail marker was once part of the river. The shoreline used to extend along Bay Street from the rapids to this old hospital site. After the Canadian Lock was built in 1895, land was reclaimed along the shore, providing space for commerce and industry. In 1964, the City restored the waterfront, allowing locals and tourists to reconnect with the Sault’s historic river. People and nature continue to change the waterfront through erosion, shipping, and the construction of new buildings. What do you think the river will look like 50 years from now?

Health Tips with Freggie


There are over 500 different types of bananas in the world. Enjoy them at meals or for a quick snack on the run.

Challenge Yourself!

Can You Draw?

Draw a picture of what the river will look like in 50 years.

Think about it…

Which events shaped this shoreline the most? Why did they affect it so? Are the benefits of living close to the river the same today as they were 100 years ago?