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Dartmouth Canal Greenway

The Shubenacadie Canal System is a unique system of natural lakes and rivers connected by man-made locks and canals. It is designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Site and connects Halifax Harbour with Cobequid Bay and the communities in between. A multi-year Canal Greenway project will result in the completion of an open space spine through the most urban portion of Downtown Dartmouth between Lake Banook and Halifax Harbour.


1. Design Activity – Concept plan submitted
CBCL have submitted the Design Concept and associated cost estimate. Status – completed October 2014

2. Cradle Fabrication
Construction of the Cradle is completed and the Cradle is being stored in a warehouse in Burnside. The cradle will then be moved to site in the summer of 2015 and will be installed adjacent to the Inclined Plane site near Prince Albert Road. Status completion estimated – November 2014

3. Power House
The municipality has initiated the process of having AutoCad drawings made of the Power House. The drawings will be used for a Design Build Request for Proposals. Status completion estimated – December 2014

4. Soil Testing
Environmental testing of the former Starr Manufacturing site is completed. The degree of site contamination has been confirmed, and material to be removed off-site during excavation of the archaeological elements. Status completed.

5. Current activity TP#2 Site (Mass) Excavation of Archaeological Elements
This package closed under construction budget estimate and was awarded to Turfmasters. This work will uncover the archaeological features and will serve as the basis for detailed design of the Inclined Plane, Turbine Chamber and Tailrace. The site will be protected from snow/ice by the placement of straw over the excavated area. The construction fence will remain in place for safety and to protect the historic features.

6. Future Work – Tenders and Construction
Tenders will be issued in the spring of 2015 for the reconstruction/restoration of the canal features, circa 1862. The construction work will begin in the summer of 2015 and will continue until the fall of 2015.




Dartmouth Canal Greeway Concept Plan