Portions of the Shubenacadie Canal System to be Upgraded

first_img The province will provide $250,000 to upgrade portions of theShubenacadie Canal system. The funding, announced today, Jan. 20, will be used to improvethe structural support of lock two and to begin restoration workon lock three at Port Wallace, Dartmouth. Support for these projects reflects the priorities of theShubenacadie Canal Commission, the body that received thefunding. “The Shubenacadie Canal system is more than a canal. It’s asignificant corridor of cultural and recreational resources thatstretches through our province,” said Natural Resources MinisterRichard Hurlburt. “Together with our partners, we are committedto preserving it and its rich history so that Nova Scotians andvisitors alike can enjoy all that it has to offer.” The Shubenacadie Canal and waterway runs from Dartmouth toMaitland, Hants Co., and encompasses a series of locks, canalcuts, lakes and rivers. It is a National Historic CivilEngineering Site. “This support enables us to continue the work of the commissionin preserving the historical features of the canal and therecreational and educational opportunities it provides,” saidBernard Hart, commission chairman. Restoration work on the Shubenacadie Canal system began witharcheological investigations and was further enhanced in 1986 when the canal commission was established. To date, a variety oftrails and waterways have been created. The Fairbanks Centre,adjacent to the canal and the location for today’s announcement,was constructed to showcase the historical and cultural aspectsof the canal and the restoration work that has been carried outon a number of lock sites along the canal route. NATURAL RESOURCES–Portions of the Shubenacadie Canal System tobe Upgradedlast_img read more