Northern Corridor

12.5 km Marker

Manhole Covers

Design · Conception · Meznising

Art can exist where you least expect it – including right under your feet!

Have you seen this fish? Photo: NORDIK Institute, 2014

In some cities, artists help to create manhole covers, benches, and bicycle racks. In Sault Ste. Marie a unique fish design can be spotted on some manhole covers as you walk along the Trail. Other manhole covers are designed with different patterns and textures. The covers draw our attention to the hundreds of tunnels that carry water to and from our houses every day – a city beneath the City.

Challenge Yourself!

Can You Draw?

Design your own manhole cover or use a large piece of paper to make a rubbing of a manhole cover. Make sure to do this in a safe area!

Think about it…

Have you ever wondered about where the water goes when you drain the tub, or when it rains?

Can you spot a manhole cover? How do you think it opens?

Have you ever seen what the City looks like below street level?