St. Peter's Canal National Historic Site
Months of Operation
May 8 - September 12
Hours Of Operation
7 days/week; daily Jun 23–Sep 7 (STC).
160 Toulouse Street, St. Peter’s, Bras d'Or Lakes Scenic Drive
As the pride of St. Peter’s village, whose history can be traced back to a traditional Mi’kmaq portage route and a fortified 17th-century trading post built by French merchant, Nicolas Denys. Learn about the canal's remarkable 15-year construction and evolution as a contemporary waterway, opening up Cape Breton Island development from the Atlantic Ocean to the Bras d'Or Lakes.
Outdoor exhibits describe the lock's unique double gates, each with 4 swinging doors that form a diamond shape when closed. The gates, designed to compensate for the tidal differences between the ocean and the lake, are the only ones of their kind in North America. Pop by the Canal Landing and rent stand up paddle boards and kayaks to explore the canal from the water!
Facilities / Services
Bilingual/Multilingual staff available
Admission: Admission free; donations accepted.