ANNOUNCEMENT: $126,000 in funding for the Shubenacadie Canal Commission!

I’m pleased to announce a $126,000 contribution to the Shubenacadie Canal Commission through the ACOA Innovative Communities Fund.

This non-repayable contribution will see construction, repairs and upgrades made to docks, the Fairbanks Centre and infrastructure along the waterway. The funding will also be used to support marketing efforts to enhance the Canal’s position as a strategic tourism destination.

Investing in the Shubenacadie Canal Waterway illustrates the Government of Canada’s continued support for recreation and infrastructure improvements across the province. This traditional Mi’kmaq route runs from our downtown Dartmouth waterfront through the heart of Nova Scotia, linking communities en route to Maitland.

The Shubenacadie Canal’s development as a sustainable tourism destination is made possible through the tireless work of our local volunteers and community members who keep it accessible to visitors. The partnership between the Government of Canada and the Commission will allow visitors to continue enjoying this waterway for years to come.
-Darren

“Many of us are hikers and paddlers. And we know there are flaws and infrastructure issues along the route. There are interruptions throughout the waterway making it much less accessible to visitors.

That’s why the Government of Canada, through ACOA, is pleased to invest $126,000 in the Shubenacadie Canal Commission for water way enhancements.

These enhancements will help with a more continuous flow and usage with improved docks and portage linkages.”

Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament, Dartmouth-Cole Harbour

What the total funding will go toward:

($126,000 from the Government of Canada through ACOA + $90,612 from the SCC through the Province of Nova Scotia.)
Read the official release here.

  • Land Improvements: 
    Many of us are hikers and paddlers. And we know there are flaws and infrastructure issues along the route. There are interruptions throughout the waterway making it much less accessible to visitors. These enhancements will help with a more continuous flow and usage with improved docks and portage linkages.
  • Building and Structures:
    The funding will assist with repairs to two storage facilities along the Shubenacadie Waterway and much needed upgrades to the Alderney Centre and the Fairbanks Centre.
  • Marketing Activities:
    The Shubenacadie 114 kilometre waterway stretches from our Dartmouth waterfront at the harbour all the way through the heart of Nova Scotia to Cobequid Bay. Today, it serves as a popular option for small watercrafts exploring the route’s rivers, lakes, and historic landmarks. Not only does the history of the canal beg to be told- but the we must promote this amazing waterway and the parks surrounding it as a premier tourist and active living destination. This funding will assist the Shubenacadie Canal Commission with promotion to encourage locals and tourists to enjoy its splendor.

Media on the Announcement

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