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St. Peters Canal National Historic Site of Canada

Activities

St. Peter's Canal

Tour the canal’s interpretation panels, inspect the gate-lock system, and enjoy a fresh air picnic. In summer you can navigate your own boat through the canal, or enjoy watching paddlers as well as sailboats and power cruisers make their way through. The famous canal winds along Battery Park, great for picnicking, trail walking, fishing, camping, and swimming. Visit the village’s Nicholas Denys Museum, featuring stories of the town’s founder and photographic history of the canal construction. Also see the l9th century Lockmaster’s House.

There are picnic tables and a small interpretive exhibit at the site.

For scenery and history, Cape Breton is hard to equal. Visitors can explore 18th century New France at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site near Sydney or discover the many interests of Alexander Graham Bell at the national historic site in Baddeck. Follow the world-famous Cabot Trail around Cape Breton Highlands National Park and see some of Nova Scotia's most spectacular scenery.

Provincial Park

Battery Provincial Park, adjacent to the canal, is open for camping and picnicking from mid-May to Labour Day. Water hook-ups are available. The sparse ruins of Port Toulouse and the more substantial ones of Fort Dorchester and the Kavanagh establishment can be visited.

Nicholas Denys Museum

This small community museum is located within a short walking distance of St. Peters Canal and contains a photographic history of the canal construction as well as antiques from the local area. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A small admission fee is charged.