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.
The Grassy Island Settlement
Visit the archaeological site of Grassy Island.
Learn at home!
Fun activities you can try at home while you learn about Canso Islands National Historic Site.
Fish and fur trades
Learn about the history of Canso Islands throughout the 17th and 18th centuries.
Visiting Canso Islands National Historic Site
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Things to do at the Canso Islands visitor centre and Grassy Island, and at-home activities.
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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 4, 2023
10 am to 1 pm & 2 pm to 6 pm daily
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