St. Peter's, Nova Scotia

St. Peter's, Nova Scotia

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St. Peter's, Nova Scotia

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St. Peter's (formerly known as "Port Toulouse" and "St. Peters") is a small incorporated village located on Cape Breton Island in Richmond County, Nova Scotia, Canada.

St. Peter's is located on a narrow isthmus which separates the southern end of Bras d'Or Lake, known as St. Peters Inlet, to the north from St. Peters Bay on the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The isthmus is crossed by the St. Peters Canal and is almost exclusively used by pleasure boats in recent decades.

St. Peter's is also located on Trunk 4, the province's east-west trunk or secondary highway. An expressway, Highway 104, is scheduled to be extended from its present terminus several kilometres west of St. Peter's to Sydney. When this occurs, Highway 104 will carry the Trans-Canada Highway designation on Cape Breton Island, for which Highway 105 is presently designated.

The Nicholas Denys Museum is located in the village. St. Peter's was also formerly served by a Canadian National Railways branchline which was abandoned in the early 1980s.


French Colony (1630-1758)

St. Peter's is one of North America's oldest European settlements, tracing its history to the 1630s when a small fortified settlement named "Saint Pierre" was built by merchants from La Rochelle, France on the isthmus. In 1650, La Rochelle merchant Nicholas Denys took possession of Saint Pierre and encouraged the fur trade with local members of the......
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