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Canso Islands National Historic Site

Facilities and Services

Ample free parking is available in front of the visitor centre. Public washrooms and a public telephone are available in the visitor centre. Washrooms are wheelchair accessible. Two pit privies are available on Grassy Island.

Services for visitors with disabilities

The visitor centre is wheelchair accessible. The video presentation is captioned. The interpretive trail on Grassy Island is wheelchair accessible under most conditions, but assistance is necessary.

Local services

Canso is a traditional Nova Scotia fishing community. As you enter the community, stop by the Seamen's Memorial. Framed by the ribs of a boat, it is dedicated to all local residents lost at sea. A memorial service is held each year in August.

Visit the Canso Museum: Whitman House, which also contains a seasonal tourist information centre. Ask for information about the town's services and visitor resources. Then get a bird's-eye view from the widow's walk, see period furniture and photographs, and enjoy panoramas by Canso folk artist Mel Schrader.

Visit the commemorative cairn and tablet on School Street.