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St. Peter's Canal National Historic Site


160 Toulouse Street

902-535-2118 (canal service)

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Built on an isthmus, the 800-metre St. Peter’s Canal joins the Atlantic Ocean to the sparkling Bras d’Or Lakes, meandering along Battery Provincial Park,  popular for boating, fishing, walking and picnicking. 

As the pride of St. Peter’s village, whose history can be traced back to a traditional Mi’kmaq portage route and a fortified 17th-century trading post built by French merchant, Nicolas Denys. Learn about the canal’s  remarkable 15-year construction and evolution as a contemporary waterway, opening up Cape Breton Island development from the Atlantic Ocean to the Bras d’Or Lakes.

Outdoor exhibits describe the lock’s unique double gates, each with 4 swinging doors that form a diamond shape when closed. The gates, designed to compensate for the tidal differences between the ocean and the lake, are the only ones of their kind in North America. Pop by the Canal Landing and rent stand up paddle boards and kayaks to explore the canal from the water! 

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