The HRM Alliance is working to create a Halifax Network Plan to protect the Halifax Greenbelt, which connects communities, nature and active living. As part of this alliance, the Ecology Action Center has teamed up with the Shubenacadie Canal Commission to offer a Pride Paddle on Saturday, July 25th.
The event will take paddlers along a portion of the Shubenacadie Canal System – a 19th century system that connected Dartmouth to Maitland and is revered as an impressive feat of engineering. There will be interpretive stops at the Portobello Inclined Plane and at the Fairbanks Center in Dartmouth.
If you want to show your pride but don’t like crowds this is an excellent opportunity for you. Paddlers are encouraged to dress in pride colors or to fly their pride flags high. At the Fairbanks Center, paddlers will enjoy some tasty treats and get a chance to learn about First Nations history and the waterway while getting a chance to learn how the lock system worked.
10:00 am McDonald Sports Park (Map)—Canoeing and portaging, 16k. Difficulty: Moderate/ Challenging.
12:00 pm Portobello Inclined Plane (Map)—Historic interpretation of fascinating Inclined Plane
2:00 pm Picnic at Fairbanks Centre (Map)—Tour of Fairbanks Centre and ice cream break.
4:00 pm Take out at Birch Cove Park on Lake Banook (Map).
For more details on the Pride Paddle, visit www.ourhrmalliance.ca/shubenacadie