Plan your visit
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.
160 Toulouse Street
St. Peter's, Nova Scotia
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
|May 11 - June 26, 2017||8 a.m. - 4 p.m.|
Thursday - Monday
|June 27 - August 11, 2017||8 a.m. - 6 p.m.|
|August 12 - September 11, 2017||8 a.m. - 4 p.m.|
|September 12 - September 25, 2017||8 a.m. - 4 p.m.|
Thursday - Monday
|September 26, 2017 and after||Limited passage|
*Closed until June 15, 2017 to sailboats and high-sided vessels that require the bridge to swing open.
Schedule may be subject to change. For more information, phone 902-535-2118 or 902-295-2069.
Marine VHF Radio Channel 10.
To contact the Lockmaster call 902-535-2118.
Grounds open year-round.
Facilities and services
- 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.