St. Peters Canal National Historic Site

This traditional Mi'kmaq portage route between the Atlantic Ocean and Bras d'Or Lakes saw the rise and fall of a French trading post, settlement, and British hill-top fort. Today you can visit the canal and locks, which permanently linked the two waterways in a feat of 19th-century engineering.

Visit St. Peters Canal National Historic Site

Activities and experiences

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Plan your visit

How to get here, facilities and services.

About St. Peters Canal National Historic Site

Culture and history

Indigenous connections, history, archeology, and cultural landscape.

Stewardship and management

Management statement and maps.

How to get here

St. Peters Canal National Historic Site is located in the village of St. Peter's, 80 km southwest of Sydney, Nova Scotia, on Route 4.

Contact us at St. Peters Canal National Historic Site

902-535-2118 or 902-295-2069
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Hours of operation

April 15 to May 10, 2024
Limited passage with 48 hours notice
Monday to Friday,
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

May 11 to June 22, 2024
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June 23 to September 1, 2024
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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