Prescott – The management plan for Fort Wellington National Historic Site was tabled in Parliament today. Management plans are a legislative requirement of the Canada National Parks Act and guide the management of Parks Canada’s places.
National historic sites reflect the rich and varied heritage of our nation.
The new plan for Fort Wellington National Historic Site outlines the following key objectives:
· Strengthening the public’s connection to Fort Wellington – improving visitor experience opportunities by renewing the focus on the importance of the fort and the connection with the St. Lawrence River.
· Protecting the fortifications – improving conservation of historic landscapes and viewscapes and the rehabilitation of cultural assets.
· Gathering the community – continuing a positive and collaborative relationship with Indigenous peoples and the local community.
The plan was developed through public consultation and based on input from local residents and organizations, visitors, stakeholders, partners, and the community of Akwesasne. Through this management plan, Parks Canada is meeting its promise to protect and present Canada’s cultural heritage while also providing an opportunity for Canadians to experience and discover our diverse history in new and exciting ways.
Millions of Canadians celebrated Canada 150 in 2017 with free admission to Parks Canada’s places. In 2018 and beyond, the Government of Canada is celebrating families with free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for youth 17 and under. Parks Canada’s national heritage places are a great way for Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment and heritage.
The Fort Wellington Management Plan is available on the Parks Canada’s website at: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-
“Canada’s national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas belong to all Canadians and offer truly Canadian experiences. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the management plan. As the Minister responsible for Parks Canada, I applaud this collaborative effort and I am pleased to approve this management plan for Fort Wellington National Historic Site.” – Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
· Fort Wellington was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1925 and was the first National Historic Site in Ontario to be operated by the federal government.
· Located in Prescott, Ontario, Fort Wellington was built to protect the St. Lawrence River transportation route during periods of Canadian military conflict beginning with the War of 1812, through the Rebellions of 1837 up until Canadian Confederation in 1867.
· In 2017, Fort Wellington welcomed over 20,000 visitors.
Fort Wellington National Historic Site