Sydney WWII Coastal Defences National Historic Site of Canada

Sydney, Nova Scotia
The Observation Tower at Lingan, Nova Scotia (© Parks Canada / Parcs Canada, 2006  HRS #)
Observation Tower
(© Parks Canada / Parcs Canada, 2006 HRS #)
Address : New Victoria Road, Sydney, Nova Scotia

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1994-01-07

Other Name(s):
  • Sydney WWII Coastal Defences  (Designation Name)
  • Atlantic Bulwark  (Plaque name)
Research Report Number: 1993-015


Existing plaque:  New Victoria Road, Sydney, Nova Scotia

During the Second World War the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force protected shipping on vital North Atlantic routes which were the lifeline of the Allies. Army units shared in the defence of the seaports which were essential to that shipping. In the face of a determined campaign by German submarines and despite heavy losses, the Atlantic routes were kept open. In this struggle Sydney played an important role. It was a major convoy assembly port, protected by seven coastal gun batteries, and included an airfield, seaplane base and extensive dockyards.

Description of Historic Place

Safe port for World War II convoy assembly