Canso Islands National Historic Site

Near the small fishing village of Canso, Nova Scotia, a low, windswept archipelago stretches eastward into the harsh Atlantic. Once an abundant fishing ground for the Mi’kmaq and early European settlers during the 18th century. Learn more through engaging displays at our visitor center, and imagine life in this remote outpost.


 A man and a woman sitting in wooden chairs while the sunsets

The Grassy Island Settlement

Visit the archaeological site of Grassy Island.

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Learn at home!

Fun activities you can try at home while you learn about Canso Islands National Historic Site.

Two hands holding wooden tools while making a green fishing net

Fish and fur trades

Learn about the history of Canso Islands throughout the 17th and 18th centuries.

Visiting Canso Islands National Historic Site

Activities and experiences

Things to do at the Canso Islands visitor centre and Grassy Island, and at-home activities.

Plan your visit

How to get here, hours of operation, facilities and services, and local services.

About Canso Islands National Historic Site

Culture and history

History, culture, and cultural landscape.

Stewardship and management

Public consultations, plans, and policies.

Contact us at Canso Islands National Historic Site

902-366-3136 or 902-295-2069
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Hours of operation

July 1 - September 2, 2024
10 am to 1 pm & 2 pm to 6 pm daily

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