Wharf Reconstruction, Lunenburg (Railway Wharf) Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada Small Craft Harbour, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Small Craft Harbours (DFO-SCH) proposes to reconstruct the existing railway wharf in the Town of Lunenburg, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. The structure has been load restricted since an assessment was completed in 2021 and requires replacement to restore full functionality to the site. The current structure measures approximately 85.3 m long and 14 m wide. It is composed of timber fenders and piles with a timber deck, with an existing abandoned railway spur spanning the eastern side of the structure. The replacement structure will be constructed within the footprint of the current structure, measuring approximately 83.1 m long and 9.1 m wide, and will be composed of a pile structure with timber fenders and sheathing with a reinforced concrete deck.

The existing railway spur will be removed, as will the building located near the southern end of the wharf and the chain link fence and jersey barriers barricading the restricted areas. The existing timber deck, stringers, pile caps and piles will be removed completely. Should piles be deteriorated to the point that extraction is not considered reasonable, piles may be cut flush with the harbour bottom. All waste generated from this project will be sorted and disposed of in adherence to applicable municipal, provincial and federal legislation.

New piles will be driven into harbour bottom to a depth of at least 3.5 m or until refusal. Steel pipe piles and steel batter piles will be installed on the interior of the structure and timber piles and timber sheathing will be installed as exterior walls. The new concrete deck will be installed with a 2% slope to an elevation of +4.25 m.


Latest update

End of Public Comment Period

February 29, 2024 – 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.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 Notice of Intent - January 30, 2024


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

  • Location

    • Lunenburg (Railway Wharf) DFO-SCH, Bluenose Drive, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia (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
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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