The site is a natural stop along the Richelieu River and helps commemorate its importance in the history of Indigenous, local and regional communities. The establishment of a variety of functions on the site makes it possible to offer an enhanced visitor experience, while standing out within the region’s recreational tourism offer. The exceptional natural environment of the canal will be enhanced, while the effects of climate change will be better known and documented, allowing for a mitigation of the impacts on the integrity of the site and infrastructure.
The Parks Canada Agency Act requires Parks Canada to prepare a Management Plan for each national historic site administered by the Agency. The Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site of Canada Management Plan, once approved by the Minister responsible for Parks Canada and tabled in Parliament, ensures Parks Canada’s accountability to Canadians, outlining how historic site management will achieve measurable results in support of the Agency’s mandate.
Some of the objectives identified in the 2005 plan have been achieved, including repairs in the Superintendent’s house, maintenance work on the Vianney-Legendre migratory pass, the development of a diversified animation on the site by the “Amis du Canal de Saint-Ours,” as well as the growth and renewal of clientele, in particular by the addition of oTENTik accommodation units.
This strategy aims to take advantage of the location of the Saint-Ours Canal site, which straddles the Richelieu River, and make it a main attraction along recreational and tourism routes in the Bas-Richelieu region. The goal is to better showcase the canal’s rich history and improve visitors’ understanding of the importance of the river throughout time, both for Indigenous peoples and for the region’s development. Citizens, local organizations and adjacent municipalities will feel a greater sense of ownership towards the site, which will foster a stronger sense of belonging and promote the canal regionally.
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The goal of this strategy is to improve the condition of the site’s facilities and infrastructure to make them sustainable and enhance the visitor experience. It also includes reinforcing the function of the various areas of the site based on the needs of different users as well as improving the experiences offered. Promoting oTENTik accommodation units in partnership with the community will also help better position the Saint-Ours Canal within the region’s recreational and tourism scene.
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In light of climate change, this strategy involves mitigating the impacts of flooding on infrastructure sustainability and the commemorative integrity of the Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site. Renewed facilities and tools will help visitors better appreciate the site’s rich history and natural components. Identifying the site’s flora and fauna will enable visitors to learn about the canal’s biodiversity and exceptional natural environment. It also aims for the Vianney-Legendre Fishway to contribute significantly to protecting and spreading knowledge about species at risk or likely to be at risk in the Richelieu River.
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