A unique combination of natural beauty and modern convenience makes the Fairbanks Centre the ideal location for your next business meeting, staff gathering, or special event.

The Fairbanks Centre is located just minutes from downtown at the entrance to the beautiful Shubie Park. It is available for bookings year-round, and features ample parking as well as easy access via transit and active transportation. The Avery Room, a large multifunction room, may be booked at any time, and the museum itself is also available on evenings and weekends.

During breaks, your guests can tour the exhibit area of the Fairbanks Centre, where the 19th-century creation and operation of the canal are brought to life. Just outside, visitors can visit the Shubenacadie Canal itself along well-maintained trails, with Lock 3 located just steps from the parking lot and Lock 2 also found within the park.

During the summer months, other services are also available around the Fairbanks Centre, including canoe and kayak rentals and food service.

the avery room

  • Basic rental fee includes a podium and a flip chart

  • You may arrange your own catering, or we can offer a list of great catering options

  • Sound system and wireless/wired LCD projector available for an extra fee

  • Check availability online here

  • Climate-controlled space with adjustable settings

  • Can accommodate up to 40 people at meeting tables, or 80 in a theatre-style setup

  • Plentiful free parking

  • Wheelchair-accessible

  • Great natural acoustics with the option of using a microphone

*prices in effect as of April 1, 2019

*prices in effect as of April 1, 2019


ready to book your event?

Please complete the Room Booking Agreement HERE. Contact the Shubenacadie Canal Commission to confirm your booking by calling (902) 462-1826 or by using the form below.

Event Catering/Rental Suggestion List

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Contact the Shubenacadie Canal Commission

The form below is for inquiries only and does not guarantee the space will be available when requested. Please contact the Shubenacadie Canal Commission to confirm your booking.

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