Shubenacadie Canal District


One-of-a-kind waterway

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 CommissionDevelop Nova ScotiaDowntown 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)

View / Download Canal Walk #1 Route Map (PDF)

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

Suggested points of interest along Canal Walk #1:

Canal Walk #2

Sullivan's Pond to Graham’s Grove Park (1.7 km one way)

View / Download Canal Walk #2 Route Map (PDF)

Suggested points of interest along Canal Walk #2:

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Canal history courtesy of Bernie Hart, Historian & Heritage Volunteer at the Shubenacadie Canal Commission.