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St. Peter's in Richmond County, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

St, Peter’s and Its Canal

St. Peter’s et son canal

 
 
St, Peter’s and Its Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 19, 2014
1. St, Peter’s and Its Canal Marker
Inscription. English
The community of St. Peter’s is situated on the neck of land that separates the Bras d’Or Lake from the Atlantic Ocean. Up until the introduction of road and rail travel, the lake was the highway of the interior of Cape Breton and the ocean link with the rest of the world.

The first survey for a canal was done in 1825. Construction started in 1854 and finished in 1869. Further improvements occurred in 1875-81, 1912-17, and 1984-85.
>br> Today the St. Peter’s Canal and the Canso Canal are the only operating canals east of the St. Lawrence River.

French
La localité de St. Peter’s est située sur un isthme séparant le lac Bras d’Or de l’océan Atlantique. Jusqu’à l’apparition des routes et du chemin de fer, le lac a été la principale voie d’accès à l’intérieur du Cap-Breton et le lien par la côte Atlantique avec le reste du monde.

La première étude en vue de l’aménagement d’un canal a été entreprise en 1825 et les travaux de construction on débuté en 1854 pour se terminer en 1869. Le canal a fait l’objet d’ameliorations entre 1875 et 1881, 1912 et 1917 et un 1984-1985.

Le canal de St. Peter’s et le canal Canso son aujourd’hui les deux seuls canaux en service à l’est du Saint-Laurent.
 
Erected by Parks Canada.
 
Location.
St, Peter’s and Its Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 19, 2014
2. St, Peter’s and Its Canal Marker
The marker is located on the right, to the right of the first light post.
45° 39.249′ N, 60° 52.166′ W. Marker is in St. Peter's, Nova Scotia, in Richmond County. Marker is on Toulouse Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 160 Toulouse Street, St. Peter's, Nova Scotia B0E, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. One Place, Four Names (here, next to this marker); St. Peter’s Canal / Le Canal Saint-Pierre (about 240 meters away, measured in a direct line); The French Settlement of Saint-Pierre (approx. 0.3 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .  St. Peter's Canal - Wikipedia. In the vast majority of canals the flow of water is unidirectional. That is, the "high" side of the canal is always the same. St. Peter's Canal is unusual in that, due to the difference in the timing of the tides between Bras d'Or Lake and the ocean, sometimes it's the Atlantic side that is the higher, sometimes it's the lake side. As a result, the canal requires special "double" gates, the only ones of their kind in North America. (Submitted on November 8, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
St, Peter’s Canal image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 19, 2014
3. St, Peter’s Canal
St, Peter’s Canal image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 19, 2014
4. St, Peter’s Canal
St, Peter’s Canal image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 19, 2014
5. St, Peter’s Canal
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 284 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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