St. Peter’s Canal

St. Peter’s Canal

Discover the 140-year history of this famous Nova Scotian canal and its tidal lock system. St. Peters Canal is an 800 metre canal linking the Atlantic Ocean with the Bras d’Or Lakes. Watch its workings as all types of pleasure craft and the occasional commercial vessel pass between the Atlantic Ocean and Bras d’Or Lakes. View interpretive exhibits, enjoy a picnic lunch, or experience the canal by pleasure craft. St. Peter’s was the site of Fort Saint-Pierre, a 17th century fortified trading post acquired by Nicolas Denys in 1650 to trade with the Mi’kmaq. It was also the site of Port Toulouse, a French community with a military presence that bore witness to the Anglo-French rivalry during the period 1713 and 1758.

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