12 Percent - Parks and Protected Areas System Plan Consultation

Shubenacadie Canal Provincial Park




7.44 Ha


Natural Environment


Undesignated; Operational (Man. Agreement)

Location N.S. Atlas:

58 Y5

Managed As

Supporting Park

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A collection of five separate properties along the historic Shubenacadie Canal system. These properties provide a range of opportunities for outdoor recreation and heritage protection and education.

Protection Values

Five separate park properties (Shubenacadie Canal, Portobello, Wellington, Horne Settlement, and Caddall Rapids); the Shubenacadie Canal Commission also administers several additional properties as part of this system.  The Shubenacadie Canal is a National Historic Civil Engineering Site and a candidate Canadian Heritage River; Lock #5 is a Provincial Heritage Site; lands associated with this park system form the vast majority of public lands on the Shubenacadie River.

Education Values

Provides opportunities to interpret a provincially significant cultural feature; Fairbanks Centre includes interpretive displays; interpretation of the Shubenacadie River system

Tourism Values

Significant tourism attraction, particularly if further restored

Outdoor Recreation Values

The properties offer walking and biking trails; canoeing/kayaking; scenic views; Oakfield and Laurie provincial parks may offer opportunities for complimentary outdoor recreation, access, accommodation and interpretation

Annual Visitation


Operating Cost

Other Site Considerations

Portion of the property administered through Shubenacadie Canal Commission