Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area
There’s a reason Lake Superior has been referred to as an inland ocean and you’ll discover that for yourself when you visit this immensely beautiful Great Lake. Called gichigamiing or “The Big Lake” by the Anishinaabe people of the region and known for its furious storms, the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area will soon be recognized as one of the largest protected areas of fresh water in the world.
Featured things to do
Nature, science, art, history, stories... we've got you covered.
Sail into the heart of Superior
Explore the vast waters of Lake Superior.
Terrace Bay Beach Pavilion
Escape the elements and join staff at the Terrace Bay Beach Pavilion.
Visiting the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area
Activities and Experiences
Fishing, hiking, red chairs, kayaking, and sailing.
Plan your visit
Getting here, location, hours of operation, fees, facilities and services, and quick facts,
Program fees, and more.
About the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area
Nature and science
Conservation, environment, research, geology, islands, and species.
Indigenous People of the North Shore, First Nations, and the Métis.
Stewardship and management
Site management, plans, and policies, and newsletters.
Hours of operation
The area is accessible year-round
Nipigon Admin and Visitor Centre – Open year round
Terrace Bay Visitor Centre – Open mid-June to Thanksgiving
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Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site
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Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site
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