The Government of Canada invests in the preservation and restoration of national historic sites across the country to support sustainable tourism, create jobs in local communities, and continue its efforts to combat climate change.
Today, Francis Scarpaleggia, Member of Parliament for Lac-Saint-Louis, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, inaugurated the upstream wharf at the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site. The Government of Canada has invested more than $4 million so that citizens and thousands of visitors may once again use this iconic site.
A must-see regional tourist attraction, the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site features beautiful spaces for walks or relaxation and is the gateway to a waterway marked by over 150 years of history. Over the past decade, the upstream wharf has been affected by climate change and more frequent flooding resulting in recurrent damage. The renewed wharf has been resurfaced with concrete and wood inserts, which are materials that will better withstand spring freshets and flooding.
In recent years, the Sainte-Anne-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site has also undergone quite a facelift with all the upstream wharf and lock restoration infrastructure projects, among other things. Significant improvements have also been made to the trails and the site’s layout. Visitors will be able to enjoy new concrete benches that mark the width and crossing of the first lock, as well as the engraved stone at the entrance to the wharf commemorating the dates of the first and second locks. The new amenities ensure user safety and maintain the pleasure-boating activities associated with the Canal.
Canada’s network of protected areas plays an important role in helping to address the effects of climate change. Thanks to infrastructure investments, Parks Canada can protect and preserve our national treasures, while supporting local economies and increased tourism.