The Beginning of the Shubenacadie Canal

July 25th, 1826

On this date one hundred and ninety one years ago the sod was turned to launch the building of the Shubenacadie Canal.   The man turning the sod was Lord Dalhousie, Governor General of British North America.  This was taking place near the present location of Lock 2, not far from the shores of Lake Micmac.   It was estimated that about two thousand people had come to witness the ceremony which was also attended by a Guard from the Citadel who were responsible for firing a Canon which had been transported to the site.  Once the ceremony was over the Canal workers began digging what we now know as the Cut between Lakes Micmac and Charles.  However, the dignitaries made their way to a fashionable home in downtown Dartmouth where the celebration was continued.

-Bernie Hart

 Lord Dalhousie, Governor General of British North America

Lord Dalhousie, Governor General of British North America