St. Peter's Canal National Historic Site

Months of Operation

May 9 - September 24

Hours Of Operation

5 days/week; daily Jun 25–Sep 9 (STC).


160 Toulouse Street, St. Peter’s, Bras d'Or Lakes Scenic Drive


T: 902-535-2118 (canal service)

T: 902-295-2069

F: 902-295-3496



Built on an isthmus, the 800-metre St. Peter's Canal is one of the few tidal locks in North America, featuring a very unique double-gated tidal lock. It joins the Atlantic Ocean to the sparkling Bras d’Or Lakes, meandering along Battery Provincial Park, making it a popular spot for boating, fishing, walking and picnicking.

The canal is the pride of the village of St. Peter’s, whose history can be traced back to a traditional Mi’kmaq portage route and a 17th-century trading post and haulover road built by French merchant, Nicolas Denys. With a steadily increasing volume of shipping, a canal replaced the haulover road in 1869. Its remarkable 15-year construction and evolution as a contemporary waterway opened up Cape Breton Island development.

Experience our rich history and heritage, discover local Mi’kmaw culture, enjoy interpretive exhibits and sail, cruise or paddle the canal.

In 2020 we will be celebrating the 150th Anniversary of St Peter’s Canal, and Parks Canada is planning to celebrate all season long in partnership with the communities of St. Peter’s and Potlotek, creating memorable experiences for visitors and community members to mark this anniversary.

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Facilities / Services

Picnic tables
Limited accessibility
Bilingual/Multilingual staff available

Detailed Information

Admission: Admission free; donations accepted.