Canada Summer Job program was a resounding success For SCC!

Our amazing Visitor information Officer, Keith Lehwald has completed his 14-week term and we are so thankful for his valuable contribution to the Shubenacadie Canal Commission this summer. We miss Keith greatly and wish him all the best as he heads back to school!

Keith provided much needed support in our office, provided interpretation on the historic Shubenacadie Canal Waterway and delivered comprehensive FREE guided tours all summer.

We were only able to provide this service because of the support of the Canada Summer Jobs program Social Development Canada. Thank you to our MP Darren Fisher who continues to be a strong advocate for programs like Canada Summer Jobs and who continues to be a huge supporter of the Shubenacadie Canal Commission.

Guided tours were given of the Shubie Park area of the historic Shubenacadie Canal Waterway June - August.

Guided tours were given of the Shubie Park area of the historic Shubenacadie Canal Waterway June - August.

Guided Flume House and Marine Railway tours were given in July and August.

Guided Flume House and Marine Railway tours were given in July and August.

Seen here on the Lock 6 boardwalk, Keith was a valued part of the SCC team during his term and we wish him all the best!

Seen here on the Lock 6 boardwalk, Keith was a valued part of the SCC team during his term and we wish him all the best!

Visit SCC at Switch Dartmouth on June 2

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Be among the first to experience the Shubenacadie Canal Marine Railway while listening to the sweet harmonies of a barbershop quartet. The reconstructed flume house at Starr Park will be open for free guided tours for the first time during Switch. The September Sound Quartet will also be giving two performances on site at 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm respectively. While there, be sure to stop by our table and enter to win a free copy of River of Dreams: The Saga of the Shubenacadie Canal by Donna Barnett.

The Historic Marine Railway Flume House

The Marine Railway Flume House on the Dartmouth Greenway is really coming together! The project is a life-sized reproduction of the Flume House that controlled the Dartmouth Marine Railway from 1861-1871, allowing boats to travel from the Halifax Harbour into Sullivan’s Pond and thus enter the Shubenacadie Canal waterway. The Flume House used gears and a turbine to harness the power of the water flowing from Sullivan’s Pond, and then used that power to move a boat-carrying Cradle up and down the set of tracks that existed between the pond and the Harbour. The ongoing project to recreate this impressive structure is an initiative of the HRM, with support from the Shubenacadie Canal Commission on its historical aspects. The Commission is in the home stretch of fundraising efforts, but still needs a remaining $15,000 to complete the structure’s historic elements. Click here to donate. For more information on how the Flume House and the Marine Railway worked, check out this great video that outlines the process, or stop by the Fairbanks Centre at Shubie Park to see a smaller, complete model of the structure.

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Geese at Sullivan's Pond

The Sullivan's Pond geese are enjoying the beautiful fall weather. In the background you can see one of the two navigational markers used during the time that the canal was in operation. These round stone markers in Sullivan's Pond were built by Scottish and Irish stone masons in 1831. They mark the entrance to the first lock in the canal system located at the bottom of Lake Banook. Visit Building the Canal to find out more.

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