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Get close to nature in Shubie Park

Dartmouth-Cole Harbour
2 hours

About This Experience

Nestled between Lake Micmac and Lake Charles (with beaches at both lakes!), Shubie Park is a 40-acre urban park in Dartmouth.


HIKING: Well-maintained trails provide walking, cycling, camping, and cross-country skiing opportunities within affiliated park areas. Learn more.

Shubie Park Trail Guide

BIKING: As part of the Great Trail (formerly the Trans-Canada Trail), the Dartmouth Multi-Use Trail is a 7 km ride that starts at Sullivan’s Pond and travels along the Shubenacadie Canal, Lake Banook, Lake Micmac, and Lake Charles. Learn more.

PADDLING: Entry-level to expert paddlers will enjoy boating, canoeing, and kayaking along the waterway. Learn more.

Canoe & Kayak Rentals


HISTORY: Shubie Park features several significant historic canal features, including Lock 2, Lock 3, and the Deep Cut. A series of well-maintained multi-use trails and numerous interpretive panels take visitors back in time to when the area was occupied by Irish and Scottish immigrant labourers digging through bedrock with pickaxes and shovels.



THE FAIRBANKS CENTRE: Shubie Park is also home to the Fairbanks Centre, the main interpretive facility for the Shubenacadie Canal Waterway. You’ll find:

  • A working scale model of the canal lock mechanisms
  • Displays about the history of the canal
  • Informational brochures
  • Souvenirs for sale

Things you should know

AccessibilityThe accessible dock across from the Fairbanks Centre to ensure that all visitors can enjoy the Shubenacadie Canal Waterway.
Daily Availability:Sunday - Saturday
Meetup LocationThe Fairbanks Centre
Getting ThereThe park is located just off Waverley Road in Dartmouth. The main parking lot is just outside the Fairbanks Centre at 54 Locks Road. Follow the signs for the Fairbanks Centre.
Guided ToursGuided tours are available upon request. Contact for more information.
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