Wharf Reconstruction at Fisherman's and Whitman's (Canso) Small Craft Harbour, Guysborough County, NS

The proposed harbour improvements project at Fisherman's and Whitman's Wharves (Canso SCH) in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, will include the construction of a new concrete retaining wall, launch ramp and service area. The concrete retaining wall will extend from the existing cribwork wharf while the concrete launch ramp will be constructed  adjacent to the retaining wall. A gravel service area will be constructed south of the launch ramp. The footprint of the entire project is 710 m2.

The  concrete retaining wall which will measure approximately 24 m in length by 350 mm wide and span from chart datum elevation of 0.00m to elevation +3.80m. A concrete launch ramp measuring approximately 37 m in length and 6 m wide will be constructed from an elevation of -1.00m to an elevation of +3.50m. At the seaward  end of the launch ramp, 2 layers of rip rap will be placed at a 1.5:1 slope to provide scour protection. On the existing harbour bottom, core stone fill will be placed to accommodate a granular sub base to support the cast-in-place and pre-cat slabs which will constitute the launch ramp. 

The service area will extend from the existing service area to meet the new launch ramp and will be secured with a riprap slope protection.


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


Latest update

End of Public Comment Period

August 22, 2022 – The public comment period on the project is closed. Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours is considering comments received to date to inform its determination on whether carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.




Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours, Maritime and Gulf Region
Chyann Kirby, Regional Environmental Advisor
Gulf Fisheries Centre, 343 University Avenue
Moncton, New Brunswick E1C 9B6
Telephone: 506-866-5164
Email: chyann.kirby@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

  • Location

    • Fisherman's and Whitman's (Canso) SCH is located in the community of Canso, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, on the southeast coast. It is accessible from Main Street via Highway #316. (Nova Scotia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Ports and Harbours
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Small Craft Harbours (DFO-SCH)
  • Authorities

    • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    • Transport Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


Nearby assessments

...within 200 kilometres
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