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Port Hastings in Inverness County, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

Canso Causeway

“Air Lorg Nan Eilean,” The Road to the Isles

 
 
Canso Causeway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 20, 2019
1. Canso Causeway Marker
Inscription.  
Making a Living in the Strait of Canso Area since 1784.
Transportation and Communication
Early Years: Stage Coach Lines, Ferries, Mail Service Link, Telegraph Offices, American Consular Offices, Railroads, Boston Boats and Coastal Freighters, Newspapers.

Later Years: Railroads, Canso Causeway and Canal completed in 1955, Nova Scotia Community College and Nautical School, Post office, Pilotage and Tug boats, Ship Chandlery, Airport, Trucking, Newspapers, Radio Station & Cable TV, Telephone Office.

Commerce and Industry
Early Years: Grist Mills, Blacksmith, Shipbuilding and Repairs, Coal Pier, Fishing and Fish Plants, General Stores, Forestry, Banks, Accommodations.

Later Years: Pulp and Paper Mill, Oil Refinery, Heavy Water Plant, Gypsum Mining and Exporting, Manufacturing Wallboard, Power Generating Plant, Ship and Oil Rig Maintenance and Repairs, Rock Quarrying and Shipping, Concrete and Paving Plants, Transshipping of Oil, Shipbuilding, Accommodations and Restaurants, Car Sales & Service, Banks, Retail Stores, Call Centre.

Canso Causeway and Canal 1952-1955
Marker detail: Canso Canal Lock image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Canso Canal Lock
Bridge:
Length: 93.88 m (308 ft)
Weight: 1,379 tonnes (1,520 tons)
Pivot: 0.965 m (38 in)

Canso Causeway:
Length through water: 1371.60 m (4,500 ft)
Length from Auld's Cove: 2,134 m (7,000 ft)
Surface width: 24.38 m (80 ft)
Widest point on ocean floor: 262 m (860 ft)
Depth at deepest point: 66.14 m (217 ft)
Rock fill: 9.1 million metric tonnes (10,200,000) tons

Canso Canal Lock:
Length (gate to gate): 243.8 m (800 ft)
Width: 24.4 m (80 ft)
Depth (bottom to top of wall): 15.2 m (50 ft)
Draft: 8.5 m (28 to 30 ft)

Total cost of project was $23 million

Canso Causeway and Canal Timeline:
- Project announced: October 9, 1951
- Construction begins for Causeway: July 1952
- Construction begins for Canal: April 1953
- Causeway reaches Cape Breton: December 10, 1954
- 10.2 million tons rock fill completed: December 31, 1954
- Official opening: August 13, 1955

Text: Yvonne Fox
Photos: Gut of Canso Museum collection, Port Hastings, NS
Photo restoration and layout: MV Design, www.wdmv.ca
Property of Inverness County Trans Canada Trail Project

 
Erected by Inverness County Trans Canada Trail Project.
 
Location. 45° 38.88′ 
Marker detail: Canso Causeway 50th Anniversary image. Click for full size.
By Barbara MacKinnon
3. Marker detail: Canso Causeway 50th Anniversary
N, 61° 24.738′ W. Marker is in Port Hastings, Nova Scotia, in Inverness County. Marker can be reached from Trans Canada Highway (National Route 104) half a kilometer west of Ceilidh Trail (Route 19), on the right when traveling west. Marker is located in the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail interpretive plaza and trailhead, on the east side of the Canso Causeway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Hastings, Nova Scotia B9A 1J8, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History of the Canso Canal / Historique du Canal de Canso (a few steps from this marker); Construction of the Canso Canal / Construction du Canal de Canso (a few steps from this marker); The Building of the Canso Causeway / La Construction de la Levée de Canso (a few steps from this marker); Operation of the Canso Canal / Exploitation du Canal (a few steps from this marker).
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Canso Canal & Causeway
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & CommerceRoads & VehiclesWaterways & Vessels
 
Marker detail: Canso Causeway photos image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Canso Causeway photos
left to right:
Photo by Jeff Graves, Jaguar Communications
Photo by John MacLeod Langley
NewPage Corporation (fomerly Stora) - Point Tupper Mill Photo by Airscapes
Canso Causeway Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 20, 2019
5. Canso Causeway Marker (wide view)
Canso Causeway Swing Bridge (<i>view from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 20, 2019
6. Canso Causeway Swing Bridge (view from near marker)
This swing bridge carries the Trans-Canada Highway and the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway across the Canso Canal.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on September 11, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 13, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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