St. Peter's in Richmond County, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces
St, Peter’s and Its Canal
St. Peter’s et son canal
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.
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.
Erected by Parks Canada.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1825.
Location. 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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 160 Toulouse Street, St Peter's, Nova Scotia B0E, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 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); Lest We Forget (approx. half a kilometer away); Wallace R. MacAskill (approx. half a kilometer 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 (Submitted on November 8, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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