Situated in one of Canada’s oldest European settlements, St. Peters Canal is a 3 hour 45 minute drive from Halifax, and 1 hour 20 minutes from Sydney. Plan to spend an hour or two touring St. Peter’s village and canal, along with popular St. Peters Coastal Trail. The quaint village has restaurants, picnic provisions, boat, kayak and fishing supplies. Nearby Battery Provincial Park offers breathtaking views, trails, fishing, camping and swimming.

Getting here


160 Toulouse Street
St. Peter's, Nova Scotia
B0E 3B0

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.

From Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
Drive east through Port Hawkesbury and turn left onto NS-4 Trunk E. After 1.8 km, turn right onto NS-104 E toward St. Peter's (37 km). Continue through the village of St. Peter's until just before the swing bridge. Turn right onto Denys Street. At the end of Denys Street, turn left onto Toulouse Street.

From Sydney, Nova Scotia
Drive southwest on NS-4 Trunk W, following it 81 km to St. Peter's. Just after the swing bridge, turn left onto Denys Street. At the end of Denys Street, turn left onto Toulouse Street.

Hours of operation

Hours of operation
Date Time
June 1 to June 21, 2021 8 am to 4 pm
Thursday to Monday
June 22 to August 8, 2021 8 am to 6 pm
August 9 to October 31, 2021 8 am to 4 pm
November 1 to November 28, 2021 8 am to 4 pm
Monday to Friday
November 29, 2021 and after Limited passage

Schedule may be subject to change. For more information, phone 902-535-2118 or 902-295-2069.

Limited passage available by request. Call 902-535-2118 to schedule a crossing.

Check back frequently for the most up-to-date information related to the hours of operations for this season once visitor service restrictions have been lifted.

Marine VHF Radio Channel 10.

To contact the Lockmaster call 902-535-2118.

Grounds open year-round.


Free admission

Facilities and services

Information Information
Parking Parking

Quick facts

  • The 800-metre canal links the Atlantic ocean with the Bras d'Or Lake.
  • St. Peter's was once site of a 17th century fortified trading post, Fort Saint-Pierre.
  • The canal double-lock gates adapt to tidal fluctuations between lake and ocean.
  • Mi'kmaq people once portaged their canoes across the isthmus.
  • Crews blasted through a 20 m (66 ft) high hill of solid granite to build the canal.