Dartmouth in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
Historic Shubenacadie Canal System
—1824-31 ——— 1856-70 —
The granite used on the east wall of Lock two was from the original structure. However, all the stones had to be removed and reset. The west wall was constructed following a procedure used on American waterway such as the Morris Canal in New Jersey which became a model for the Shubenacadie. Because of the two types of construction, this Lock is referred to by engineers as a “hybrid.” This may be te only such lock in existence.
Not far from this
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• Used by the Mi’kmaq for centuries, the Shubenacadie waterway was carved out of the bedrock by glaciers during the last ice age.
• Work on the Canal system began in 1826, ceased in 1831 and resumed in 1854. The Canal was completed in 1861. Construction of 9 locks, and 2 incline planes connected the chain of 7 lakes and the Shubenacadie River enabling boats to travel from Halifax Harbour to the Minas Basin.
• The Shubenacadie Canal opened in sections and operated between 1856 and 1870. Steam vessels hauled barges laden with goods along the System.
• By 1870, railways were able to transport goods cheaper and faster
• Today the Shubenacadie Canal System is a National Historic Civil Engineering site and a popular recreation and heritage corridor.
Erected 2001 by Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE), Robin Hood Chapter.
Location. 44° 41.973′ N, 63° 33.166′ W. Marker is in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, in Halifax Regional Municipality. Marker can be reached from Lock Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 54 Lock Road, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2X, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barges, Steamboats and Scows (a few steps from this marker); A Testament to Hard Work (within shouting distance of this marker); Lightning Strikes at Canal Camp (within shouting distance of this marker); Unique Construction (within shouting distance of this marker); A Village of the Most Primitive Description (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Of Bough and Bark (about 180 meters away); A Changing Lake-scape (about 180 meters away); Before the Canal (approx. 0.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dartmouth.
More about this marker. This marker is on the east side of Lock 2 near the bridge over the lock.
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 20, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.