A Vision Becomes Reality

The project is being managed and financed by HRM with many of the main features slated for construction in 2015, including:

  • Installation of the Boat Cradle;
  • Inclined Plane finishes;
  • Excavation and inspection of the Turbine Chamber;
  • Design and Construction of the Power House/Turbine Chamber Building and partial elevated flume;
  • Exposure and reinstatement of the Tailrace;
  • Many addition park features and landscaping; and
  • Inclusion of a section of the Trans Canada Multi-Use Trail.

Refer to Plan

HRM staff are working very closely with the Shubenacadie Canal Commission and seek the Commission’s input on almost every aspect of the project. For this the Shubenacadie Canal Commission is very grateful.

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Ongoing Commission Initiatives

A sub-committee of the Commission, “The Canal Greenway Committee” has been hard at work over the last while documenting and coordinating the many features and historical background information for the Dartmouth Inclined Plane. They are taking up the challenge to have the mechanical features of the Turbine/Power House Building, including the reaction turbine, cable drum, gears, bearings, etc. drafted and ready for fabrication in 2015.

Anyone interested in volunteering to assist the Commission in its endeavours in any aspect of the Historical Shubenacadie Canal please contact us.

Recent Greenway News

SCC Volunteers sharing the story of the Canal of 150 years ago

On April 2, 2016 Engineers Nova Scotia hosted their annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Engineering Challenge at the Spring Garden Road library. Students were challenged to build a bridge with the highest strength to weight ratio [...]

See a copy of Henry Findlay’s Diary at the Fairbanks Centre

We will be tweeting On this Day in History (OTDH) excerpts from Henry Findlay’s Diary. A copy of which is on display at the Fairbanks Centre. Prologue from transcript. Henry Findlay was employed as lock-keeper [...]

Canal Greenway Park Flume House to be rebuild 155 years after the original

Well, as they say “what goes around comes around”. It was 155 years ago today that Shubenacadie Canal Lock Keeper Henry Findlay wrote the following Log entry – “Sutherlands commenced shingling flume house.” 1870 [...]

Work continues on Turbine Chamber

Archeologists and stone masons continue to expose more of the secrets of the canal's engineering. Seen here is the top of the penstock that carried water to the turbine head. The top of the "pipe" [...]

The Cradle is on site

The marine boat cradle has been placed on the Canal Greenway site. Used to transport barges of material from Dartmouth Cove to Sullivan's Pond, it is a key component of the Canal Greenway Park under [...]

Heritage News by Bernie Hart

                      This is the earliest photo of the Marine Railway.   There were three Lock Keepers on the Shubenacadie Canal and each was responsible for [...]