Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

December 22, 2014 11:16 ET

Canso Canal Closes for 2014 Shipping Season

AULD'S COVE, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Dec. 22, 2014) -

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The Canso Canal will close for the 2014 shipping season on December 24 at 7:30 a.m. Atlantic Time.

The canal closes annually in December due to ice buildup in the Northumberland Strait and reopens in April.

In 2014, there were 1,282 ship passages through the canal carrying over 480,000 tonnes of cargo. The bulk of the cargo was salt, quarried materials and wood bark.

The canal was opened in 1955 to allow for vessel traffic through the Canso Causeway which links Cape Breton Island and mainland Nova Scotia. The canal, the only one operated by the Canadian Coast Guard, is an essential navigation component of the federal-provincial transportation agreement signed in 1953 which approved construction of the causeway and associated structures.

The canal is comprised of lock approach structures and one tidal lock.

Quick Facts

  • The Canso Canal opened in 1955 to allow vessels traffic through the Canso Causeway.
  • The canal is 250 metres long, 24.4 metres wide and 9.8 metres deep at low tide. It was designed to be compatible with the St. Lawrence Seaway.


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