Boat launched into the Stewiacke River

Members of the Shubenacadie Canal Commission were delighted to see the recent launching of the wooden schooner in the Stewiacke River. Boating on this river, at the time of the Canal in the 1860s and 70s, was certainly more common than today. Loads of gypsum, bricks and wood were brought down the waterway to Halifax Harbour where they were used in the construction of new homes and offices. Similarly, supplies were shipped from Halifax/Dartmouth to the interior for use in the communities along the way. In order for vessels to make this journey from locations such as Stewiacke they had to pass through nine locks and be transported by two Marine Railways. Some of the Locks still exist and a replica of some components of the Marine Railway, from the Harbour to Sullivans Pond, will be built soon.