10/03/2014 03:21 EDT | Updated 12/03/2014 05:59 EST

Province to announce land-use agreement for Shubenacadie Canal system

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government says it will make an announcement on Monday regarding a historical site along the Shubenacadie Canal system that has been the centre of a land dispute.

The province says Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill will announce a land-use agreement and funding for the Shubenacadie Canal Commission.

The commission raised alarm bells earlier this year that public access to the site could be lost because a landowner of a neighbouring property was trying to claim ownership of a portion of the land, which is regularly used by paddlers who canoe on the Shubenacadie waterway in the Halifax area.

The area off Fletchers Lake is protected under the province's Special Places Protection Act, which protects historical sites.

It is the only public access point to the lake and is home to a historical lock used in the original Shubenacadie Canal system in the mid-1800s.

But part of the area overlaps with a plot of land that is designated as "owner unknown."

A landowner of a neighbouring property was trying to claim at least a portion of that land under the Limitations of Actions Act, where land can be claimed if the owner can prove they have occupied it in a way that clearly shows ownership.