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Construction of the Shubenacadie Canal started in 1826. It was thought that the Canal would open up the province's hinterland and provide a safe trade route to the Bay of Fundy, but it wasn't going to come easily.

Construction stopped in 1831 when the Shubenacadie Canal Co. went bankrupt. The dream of the canal was still alive though, and in 1854 the Inland Navigation Co. was formed and construction started once again. The Inland Navigation Co. also suffered from financial problems and even after the canal opened in 1861 it never showed much profit.

In 1870 the canal was closed forever by the construction of several low bridges that prevented the passage of vessels.

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