Cape Cod Canal
Cape Cod Canal
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MaryAnne C
Buzzards Bay, MA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Cape Cod Canal is one of the great wonders of the Cape. Two beautiful bridges, The Bourne and the Sagamore have been photographed thousands of times. Watching the railroad bridge lower is something you won’t see anywhere else! You will never tire of the ever changing scenery, the gorgeous sunsets, wild life, and all of the different boats and ships that travel the canal. You might even see a whale if your lucky.
Written 3 October 2022
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maryofmassachusetts
Plymouth, MA741 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Rented a bike in Wareham and rode the entire length of the Cape Cod Canal to Scusset Beach. I believe its about 7 miles each way, but check before you go. Headwinds on my return trip. Loved the changing scenery with a wide array of boats entering and exiting the canal. Crowds only near the parking areas, but other than that is was easy going on a Sunday afternoon in October.
Written 10 October 2020
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RICART75
Peru, IN2,298 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We drove along the Canal; after exploring Sandwich, and before working our way over to Monument Beach.
We stopped several times to enjoy the views of the water, and traffic upon it.
The paths along the Canal, offer a wonderful opportunity for hiking, biking, strolling and/or just sitting & appreciating the area. .
Written 19 June 2024
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Northern_Traveler00
California77,725 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Warm day on Sunday so we got to the Canal and parked near "the Shack" around 9AM, Had the place mostly to ourselves as we walked up past Seafood Shanty and back to our car. Got busier on the return trip, but easy to social distance on our 100 minute or so walk.

We've finished the south side of the canal, now we are about halfway thru the north side path!
Written 3 March 2021
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Cathie s
Bartow, FL55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
We had quarantined for four months before going on vacation for a family get-together. We stayed in a hotel that overlooks the canal. We watched the boats going back/forth...very relaxing.we took walks along the canal in the morning and people were out there walking or riding bikes. People were friendly by saying hello or good morning.
Written 14 July 2020
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Rose L
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
I spent a couple of hours riding a bike along the trail next to the Cape Cod Canal. It was a lot of fun. I rented the bike from Canal Cruisers. The bike was in great shape, the staff was helpful and they are only a couple of blocks from the canal.
Written 23 June 2022
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Debbie S
Englewood, NJ13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We did the 15 mile loop with our 4 kids and all of us loved it. The path is flat, not too crowded, and the scenery is beautiful! Great family activity. Took 3 hours round trip, with a stop for a picnic lunch on the rocks.
Written 2 July 2020
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Bea
974 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
It was great to walk there, watch the boats passing. The Cape Cod Canal is 28 km long, located in Massachusetts connecting Cape Cod Bay in the north to Buzzards Bay in the south. It is part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
Written 11 December 2023
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John H
Waxahachie, TX1,084 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Long before the Cape Cod Canal was carved out of the landscape, eventually to connect Cape Cod Bay in the north to Buzzard’s Bay in the south, several individuals & even organized groups dreamed of this achievement. As early as 1623, Myles Standish of the Plymouth Colony, along with unnamed comrades from Plymouth scouted a possible route through the lowlands between the Manomet & Scusset Rivers, some of which had already been traveled by other Plymouth colonists in search of a good location for what would become the Aptucxet Trading Post, which was founded in 1627. For almost three centuries, several private entrepreneurs & government officials made overtures for agreements, surveys, & plans for the imagined canal to no avail. Finally, by 1909, the engineers working for a private group of investors decided that connecting the Manomet & Scusset Rivers by excavating the land barriers between the two rivers would provide the central channel for the canal. After overcoming a variety of obstacles, such as huge underwater boulders & cold winter storms, the “unpolished” canal opened on a partial basis in 1914, & then completed in 1916. The length of the canal is appropriate 7 miles long, & the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge is one of three crossover points, the other two being the Bourne Bridge & the Sagamore Bridge. The canal is part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway system, & it is maintained by the United States Corp of Engineers. After the completion of the canal in 1914, there were several shipping accidents & other related difficulties due the width & lack of deep dredging, & the expectations of toll revenues disappointed investors. Along comes WW I, & the vulnerability of the canal to German U Boats was recognized, & by presidential decree, the canal was taken over by the Director General of the United States Railroad Administration. Shortly thereafter, the Corp of Engineers continued to work on deep dredging & expanding the width of the canal. The canal was managed by the Corp of Engineers until 1920, & in 1928, the government bought the canal for use as a free public waterway, & continued commerce. The public use of the canal area now includes service roads on both sides of the canal, along with bike & hiking, fishing, & other recreational activities. The dreams of Myles Standish, other other Plymouth colonists finally were realized!
Written 1 June 2018
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Puttyj_9
Massachusetts36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
Just came back from the 3 hour cruise. The narrator, Steve, spoke for two hours providing interesting information along the entire length of the canal. I never found it to be uninteresting.
Parking in Onset was right at the boat dock, a beautiful day and a wonderful cruise.I don't know why I've waited so long to go.
Written 24 June 2014
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