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Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site

Sault Ste. Marie's Time-Travelers Cultural Package

Sault Ste Marie has an incredible concentration of historical sites and history themed museums—I think it has something to do with our place at the confluence of so many historical streams (English, French, American, and First Nations, to name a few). These museums and centers were built, curated, and continue to be tended by incredibly dedicated people. It's a big part of living here. But it can be a bit overwhelming. So I thought I'd try and make things a bit simpler ... 

Time-Travelers Cultural Package!

Travel through time when you visit the gateway to the north; the beautiful community of Sault Ste Marie. The Sault is steeped in a wide range of historic moments, cultural alliances and engineering designs that were established way before their time. During your stay you will discover the many stories of interesting people that paved the way for the future of the waterways, fur trade and the industrial era. You will quickly discover there is barely enough time in this three night package to discover all the amazing facts of the past. Come meet our friendly, passionate interpreters of historical moments when you visit the Sault. You will truly feel as though you have travelled back in time!

Your Package includes printable vouchers for each of the Following sites. Please refer to the information about each site included to help plan your trip. We have included average length of stay times for each site and a special give-away will be included when you present your voucher at the individual sites.

FORT ST. JOSEPH NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE - Average Length of Stay: 2.5 - 3 hours

Welcome: Today you will walk among the ruins and take in the stories and wonder of the place. 200 years ago this fort was the most westerly where there was a forming of alliances between the 1st Nations, Métis/voyageur and the British to carry out the first military manoeuvre that won the war of
1812. Present your voucher and receive a keepsake souvenir.

 St Joseph ruins
Open: June 1st to Thanksgiving, 9:30 to 5 pm, 7 days a week
Amenities: Washrooms, Picnic area, Visitor Center with Theatre
and Gift Shop
Directions: From Hwy 17, turn onto St Joseph Island, onto route
548 and then take 10th side road. Follow the Parks Canada Beaver logo on green signs to Fort St. Joseph.
Website: www.parkscanada.ca/stjoseph
Contact: 705.246.2664

 ST. JOSEPH ISLAND MUSEUM - Average Length of Stay: 1.5 hours

Welcome: Over the years, the Island has developed into a popular tourist destination, attracting boaters and vacationers from all over the world. Our largest industries include maple syrup production, with Ontario's largest producer calling St. Joe home. The St. Joseph Island Museum Village has fascinating exhibits to represent the Island's 200+ year history, and the various facets of Island life during that time.

Open: Mid June to Labour Day, 9:30am to 4:30pm, 6 days a week, closed Tuesdays. Other days and times by appointment. Group or custom tours encouraged to call for reservations.
Amenities: Picnic area, guided tours, washrooms and mini historic village to explore.
Address: St. Joseph Island is accessible via Highway 548, 50km east of Sault Ste. Marie off Highway 17. After crossing the bridge and reaching the first stop sign, proceed straight onto 20th side road to "I"Line. The Museum will be on your right. The St. Joseph Island Museum is located at the intersection of 20th Side Road and "I" Line on St. Joseph Island, Ontario, Canada.
Give-away: present your voucher and recieve a 10% discount off various items in the Gift shop.
Website: www.stjoemuseum.com
Contact: (705) 246-2672

SAULT STE. MARIE CANAL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE - Average Length of Stay: 2 - 3 hours

Welcome: This site was the last lock completed to create an all Canadian water way, first electrically operated and is home to the last remaining Emergency Swing Dam. Visit the Powerhouse, emergency swing dam and view boats locking through.Present your voucher and receive a keepsake souvenir.

Open: May 15th to October 15th. 8:30 – 4:30
Shoulder seasons. Monday to Friday 8:30 to 4:30
June, July and August open 7 days a week, 8:30 to 4:30
(hours maybe extended) Closed Oct. 15 to May 15.
Amenities: Public washrooms, beautiful sandstone buildings, viewing deck, lock side view, trails and picnic areas.
Powerhouse Visitor Center with site tours available.
Address: 1 Canal Drive, where Huron Street turns into Bay Street.
Website: www.parkscanada.ca/sault
Contact: 705.941.6205

SHIP MS NORGOMA - Average Length of Stay: 2 -3 hours 

Welcome: Welcome aboard and become one of the passengers traveling to one of the rural communities of Ontario. Up until highways were constructed a traveler to Sault Ste. Marie would need to book passage on the Norgoma or similar Package Freighter.

Norgoma History
Open: Daily June to October – 10:00 am to 7:00pm
Amenities: Reception area, Gift Shop, Self-guided tours with audio stations throughout. Washrooms
Address: Roberta Bondar Marina – Foster Drive – Sault Ste. Marie downtown past the Station Mall, beside the big white Bondar Pavilion tent.
Give-away Historical handout to be claim when your show your voucher for admittance.
Website: www.Norgoma.org
Contact: 705.256.7447


Welcome: At the Ermatinger•Clergue National Historic Site you will become immersed in the lifestyles, customs, and surroundings of early residents who built the foundations for modern Sault Ste. Marie and Ontario. In the two oldest stone buildings northwest of Toronto, and surrounding gardens, you will find historical interpreters in authentic period dress who will demonstrate and explain how people lived, worked and played in historic Sault Ste Marie. The Ermatinger Old Stone House and the Clergue Blockhouse stand witness to the growth and transformation of a small Ojibwe encampment into a Northern Ontario Hub.

ermatinger clergue national historic site
Bring in your Time Traveler's voucher and receive a 10% discount in our gift shop
Open: Summer - June – mid October, 7 days a week, 9:30 – 4:30
Winter - Mid Oct – Nov Monday – Friday, 9:30 – 4:30
Spring - April – May Monday – Friday, 9:30 – 4:30
December by appointment
Amenities: Grounds and part of the site is wheel chair accessible, washrooms, gift shop
Directions: 831 Queen Street. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Follow the Attractions Signage.
Parking is located off of Bay Street and Pim St. Across from the Bush Plane.
Website: www.ecnhs.com
Contact: 705.759.5443

BUSHPLANE MUSEUM - Average Length of Stay: 2.5 - 3 hours

Welcome: The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre (CBHC) is a unique centre devoted to preserving the history of Bush Flying and Forest Protection in Canada. An Exciting hands on Museum for all ages. At the Canadian Bushplane Museum Visitors will spend 2.5 to 3 hrs touring the Centre which includes 2 films.

Open: Mid-May till Mid Oct. 9am - 6pm Daily
Amenities: Wheelchair accessibility, washrooms, Gift Shop, 3D Theatre, 2D theatre, flight simulator children area
Directions: On Pim St. at the water, reached via Bay Street about half a mile east of Station Mall downtown.
Across from the Old Stone House.
Website: www.bushplane.com
Contact: 705.945.6242

SAULT STE. MARIE MUSEUM - Average Length of Stay: 1 - 2 hours

Welcome: "The Sault Ste. Marie & 49th Field Regiment R.C.A. Historical Society Museum (Sault Ste. Marie Museum) exists to collect, preserve, study and exhibit artifacts and archival materials which illustrate the history of the people and the development of Sault Ste. Marie and the immediate surrounding area, and to foster a better understanding of our local heritage and the ways in which local history relate to provincial and national history."
museum front
Open: June to September, Monday to Saturday, 9:30 to 5:00
Amenities: Indoor facility, washrooms, accessible, parking on Queen Street and in Public parking areas.
Address: 690 Queen Street, down town across from Muios Restaurant
On the corner of Queen and East St.
Website: www.saultmuseum.com
Contact: 705-759-727

ART GALLERY OF ALGOMA - Average Length of Stay - .5 - 1 hour

Welcome: The Art Gallery of Algoma (AGA) is a public gathering place that celebrates and preserves cultural expression. Located in Sault Ste. Marie, the AGA is the only collecting public art gallery located between Thunder Bay and Sudbury, Ontario.

AGA frontdoor
Open: Tuesday – Saturday, 9am-5pm. Please contact us for periodic extended hours.
Amenities: Wheelchair accessible, washrooms, gift shop, seasonal cafe, art studio, and outdoor picnic area
Directions: From Highway 17 head south on Great Northern Rd toward Old Garden River Rd. Continue onto Pim St. Turn right onto Queen St E. Turn left onto East St. The AGA is located at 10 East St. Sault Ste. Marie ON, on St. Mary's River, 2 km from the International Bridge.
Other:  Visitors who present the Time Travelers coupon at the Art Gallery of Algoma will receive 10% off in the Gallery Shop. The Gallery Shop sells original art work by local artists and unique Sault Ste. Marie souvenirs.
Website: www.artgalleryofalgoma.com
Contact: 705.949.906

Visit www.saulttourism.com for more information on things to see and do in Sault Ste. Marie!

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