Canso Islands National Historic Site

Months of Operation

July 1 - September 2

Hours Of Operation



1465 Union Street, Canso, Eastern Shore


Madeline Harvey

T: 902-366-3136

O/S: 902-295-2069

F: 902-295-3496



Begin at the interpretive centre and learn about the history of Grassy Island. The reception centre features a film, life-size dioramas of three island property interiors, and artifacts excavated from the properties.Visiting the island is free and the boat departs at the marina – about a ten-minute walk from the interpretive centre or a very short drive.

Grassy Island commemorates the role of the fishery in early 18th-century international trade. A thriving community of New England fishermen and merchants, it became a casualty of Anglo-French rivalry for North America. Trails on Grassy Island link eight designated sites. Access Grassy Island by a free seven-minute boat ride aboard a Parks Canada vessel. Six to seven trips are made daily to the island from 10am to 3pm, weather permitting. Always call ahead.

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Facilities / Services

Bus tours
Limited accessibility
Bilingual/Multilingual staff available

Detailed Information

Admission: Donations accepted.