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Canal Walk #2

Description of Walk

Canal Walk #2 takes you along Sullivans Pond and Lake Banook, which is located in the center of Dartmouth and home to the Banook, Mic Mac, and Senobe paddling clubs. In the summertime, paddlers can usually be seen on Lake Banook – this is the site of many local regional and national paddling events and championships. Dartmouth is known worldwide for its rich history of paddling and rowing. There are trail connections into Birch Cove Park, and across the Fraser Conrad Bridge ultimately into Mic Mac Mall. By walking between these connections and following Crichton Avenue, Lake Banook can be encircled. Lock 1 is a highlight at Henry Findlay Park, which also includes a children’s playground. There are historical plaques and sculptures throughout Canal Walk #2.

Parking & Accessibility

There is free parking available at the end of Nowlan Street (off Prince Albert Rd.), along Hawthorne St., and at the end of Oakdale Crescent; also at Kiwanis Graham’s Grove on Prince Albert Rd. towards the Circumferential Highway (Hwy. 111) opposite the Braemar Superstore. The trails in this area are all multi-use and fully accessible.

The Route

This part of the Shubenacadie Canal is easily reached from any of the free parking areas, also from Ochterloney Street or the Dartmouth Ferry.

The multi-use trail and boardwalk along Lake Banook are generally linear; you can walk around Sullivans Pond via the trail and sidewalk along Prince Albert Road and connect back to Lake Banook.