The site is called Canadian hole because of the frequent and large numbers of people sailing there with license plates from those eastern Canadian provinces. There is also a hole or a deeper spot just off shore that is connected to a channel that was used by vessels during WWII.Upon entering the federal property of Hatteras Island on NC Rt 12 South, the mile post signs continue to increment from mile post 16.5. You cross a long bridge over Oregon Inlet and onto Pea island and travel through the villages of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo. At about mile post 54, you come upon the village of Avon. At mile post 61, you reach the village of Buxton. If you reach Buxton, you have gone too far. Near mile post 59 on NC Rt 12, you will see a sign that says “Haulover Day Use Area” that points to a parking lot on the right hand side (west side) of the road. This is the parking lot for Canadian Hole.