Shubenacadie Canal District


Shubenacadie Canal District

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(Canal history courtesy of Bernie Hart, Shubenacadie Canal Commission)

The Shubenacadie Canal Waterway is a one-of-a-kind, inspiring path to recreation, history, and nature. 

Archaeological evidence shows that the Mi'kmaq used the waterway as a “main highway” between Halifax Harbour and the Bay of Fundy at least 4,000 years ago.

Watch this 12-minute film about the Shubenacadie Canal’s history.

The "Canal District" is an initiative of the Shubenacadie Canal CommissionWaterfront DevelopmentDowntown Dartmouth Business Commission, and Destination Dartmouth.

The project will focus on establishing a historical inventory; trail connections, and promotional concepts for enhanced signage, tourism development, and promotion in Dartmouth.

There are numerous points of interest along and adjacent to the Canal route. 

They have been organized into three suggested “Walks” within the Dartmouth section of the Canal.

Canal Walk #1     Dartmouth Ferry to Flume House (2.2 KM return)

                             Dartmouth Ferry to Lock 1 (3.5 KM return) 

Download Canal Walk #1 Route Map (PDF version)

History of the Marine Railway, Flume House, Cradle and Sullivans Pond, by Bernie Hart

Suggested Points of Interest:

Dartmouth Waterfront

World Peace Pavilion

Telford Bridge

St. James United Church

Flume House (watch this 7-minute film of the Inclined Plane)

Sullivan's Pond

Lock 1

Canal Walk #2     Sullivan's Pond to Graham’s Grove Park (1.7 KM one way)

Download Canal Walk #2 Route Map (PDF Version)

Suggested Points of Interest

Sullivans Pond

Lock 1

Lake Banook

Canal Walk #3     Shubie Park

Shubie Park Trail Guide