Moments in Algoma: J.W. LeBreton Ross

J.W. LeBreton Ross was Superintending Engineer at the Sault Ste. Marie Canal for 29 years (1907 – 1936). During that time he converted the canal grounds into a welcoming space for citizens of the community. LeBreton Ross was also a driving force behind the formation of the Historical Society (1920) and the Sault Ste. Marie Horticultural Society (1926), contributions that are appreciated to this day.


  • Produced by Living History Algoma in partnership with Parks Canada
  • LHA Committee producer – W.A. Hamilton
  • Director – Jimmie Chiverelli
  • Cinematography – Zack Trunzo
  • Post Production – Jimmie Chiverelli and Zack Trunzo
  • J.W. LeBreton Ross – John Dedes
  • Ethel Ross – Jaime Miller
  • Friends – Christina Speers and Mike Doherty
  • Children – Holden Smith, Rocky Smith, Max Sanguinetti, Arlo Brideau, Emme Speers, Camdyn
    Falldien-Walker, Ava Falldien-Walker
  • Narrator – Helen Petrolo