The Canso Causeway's History and Impact

Creator(s): Gut of Canso Museum and Archives

The deep waters of the Gut of Canso, now referred to as the Strait of Canso, have played a defining role in the lives of the residents of this part of Cape Breton Island and mainland Nova Scotia since it was first settled in 1784. We will look at the history of the communities, railroading, and transportation across the Strait before 1955, lobbying for a fixed link, construction, official opening ceremonies and the immediate and long-term impact of the construction of the Canso Causeway and Canal on the people.

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