Boat School at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Build Nova Scotia (BNS) is proposing to construct a boat school at the southwest corner of the inlet between Acadia Wharf and Queen's Marque of Halifax Harbour fronting 1675 Lower Water Street. As part of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (MMA), it will serve as an educational facility as well as a point of interest for passersby. The Project includes construction of a workshop (16.8 metres by 13.5 metres) to teach boat building, focusing on youth from minority and Indigenous communities. The building will be a permanent structure supported by 40 wooden piles. To provide launching and berthing for the MAA small craft fleet, pre-constructed floating marina infrastructure will also be installed within the wharf inlet. The Project will overlap approximately 365 square metres (m2) of property owned by Halifax Port Authority (HPA). The anticipated Project schedule is October 2023 to May 2025 pending finalization of design and approval.

Latest update

May 3, 2024 – Halifax Port Authority, Transport Canada, and Infrastructure Canada have issued their Notice of Determination and have determined that the proposed Boat School at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects with mitigation measure as outlined in their evaluation and can therefore proceed.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
2 Notice of Determination - May 3, 2024
1 Notice of Intent to Make a Determination - Start of Public Comment Period - September 22, 2023


Lane Farguson, Manager, Media Relations & Communications
1215 Marginal Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4P8
Telephone: 902-209-4504

  • Location

    • 1675 Lower Water Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Nova Scotia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Ports and Harbours
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Canadian Maritime Heritage Foundation
  • Authorities

    • Halifax Port Authority
    • Infrastructure Canada
    • Transport Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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