About Us

In 1984 the Province of Nova Scotia realized the heritage potential of the Shubenacadie Canal. The Minister of Development, The Honorable Roland Thornhill, signed an agreement to begin restoration of features of canal system. That work continues today.

The Shubenacadie Canal Commission (SCC) was established through an Act of the Legislature in 1986. The objective and purpose of the Commission is to oversee and further promote the Shubenacadie Canal System including the operation of any information or interpretative centres. The SCC operates and maintains 9 parcels of land and 2 buildings under license from the Department of Natural Resources.

The Commission is a volunteer organization and a registered charity composed of fifteen members.


The mission of the Shubenacadie Canal Commission is to preserve the historic features of the Shubenacadie Canal Waterway and to provide access to the waterway for the education and the enjoyment of the public. In order to achieve its mission the Commission pursues the following objectives:

  • To carry out stabilization, preservation and restoration work to the locks and associated features including the dams, head ponds and channels.

  • To provide for the maximum practical use of the waterway by shallow draft watercraft.

  • To provide for the interpretation of sites for visitors.

  • To provide park-like settings for residents and tourists.

In 2003 a team of volunteers developed the following Vision and Values:

  • “We are a waterway, bounded by a greenbelt, spanning the Province from Halifax Harbour to the Cobequid Bay – linking communities en route.

  • “We are an historic treasure, recognized at home and abroad, as a unique system of natural lakes and rivers connected by man-made locks, canal cuts and inclined planes.

  • “We enhance access to the use of the waterway for recreational, educational, cultural and economic benefits for residents, businesses and visitors.”

    We appreciate donations in support of our mandate. Click here to donate to the Shubenacadie Canal Commission.


Meet Our Staff


Claire Halpern
Executive Director

Claire is a not for profit and government administrator with over ten years of experience.  She has a Master’s degree from the University of Waterloo in Tourism Policy and Planning focusing on the role of cultural authenticity in the tourism industry. Her work for municipal government and the non profit sector includes: facility improvement projects, communications and marketing, major city wide events, strategic planning and private and public sector funding initiatives. 

At the SCC, Claire is responsible for: Financial Oversight, Recording and Reporting, Management of Commission Projects, Funding Applications and Fundraising, Development and Maintenance of Commission Assets, Communications and Staff Management.

OFFICE Manager

Paula is the part-time office manager for the Shubenacadie Canal Commission and is based at the Fairbanks Centre. She takes care of administration & Commission communications.

Paula also manages the Avery Room meeting space rentals. Be sure to contact her for your next event or meeting.