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About Canal Landing

Canal Landing overlooks the St. Peters Canal National Historic Site of Canada, separating the Bras d’Or Lakes from the Atlantic Ocean. Canal Landing provides recreational rentals and tours, traditional Mi’kmaq guided tours, and a gift shop featuring artisans from across Mi’kma’ki. Tourists and locals can also grab a snack at the canteen, Deny’s Trading Post.

Developed in partnership between Potlotek First Nation and the St. Peters Economic Development Organization (SPEDO), Canal Landing was established to create a multicultural environment and bring the Mi’kmaw culture back to the Canal. 

About the Canal

Constructed in 1869, the Canal was once known as the water highway connecting the Atlantic Ocean and the Bras d’Or Lakes, a designated UNESCO biosphere Reserve. A site to behold, the Canal has two sets of gates at each end, using a tidal lock within the narrow channel, compensating for the changing waters of both the Bras d’Or Lakes and the Ocean. The gates are unique to the Canal and the only ones of their kind in North America.

Today, the St. Peters Canal is 1 of 2 canals in Cape Breton, which are the only two operating canals east of the St. Lawrence River.