National Historic Sites of the Mountain Parks
MANAGEMENT PLANNING NEWSLETTER
The consultation process begins by working with Canadians to craft
a vision that rests on the three ‘legs' of the management
- Protection - safeguarding the physical aspects
of a site, including its cultural and natural resources;
- Education - helping Canadians understand
the value of a site and why it is of national significance;
- Visitor Experience - the choice of experiences,
activities and services that encourage people to learn about protected
heritage areas and contribute to conserving Canada's cultural
The vision, along with an analysis of the current state of protection,
education and programs for visitors, will help Parks Canada identify
key objectives and actions for the next five years.
Painting on the wall at Cave and Basin showing
the early discovery of the mineral spring.
© Parks Canada
The first stage of the consultation process began in July 2004 with
a letter to fifty-one stakeholders known to be interested in these national
historic sites. The letter posed three questions.
Question 1: Do you have questions or concerns related
to the preparation of management plans for the national historic sites
in the mountain national parks?
Respondents generally welcomed the invitation to participate, and
appreciated the opportunity to be involved early in the process.
Question 2: Are there any issues or concerns you think
the management plan should address?
Responses to this question stressed the need to promote greater awareness
of the national historic sites and communicate their significance to
the public. While they recognized opportunities for presenting historic
site messages may be limited, respondents mentioned the need for improvements
to media and communication programs.
Question 3: Are you interested in being involved during
the process of preparing the plan? How would you like to be involved?
“Yes,” was the overwhelming response to this question.
Some respondents expressed interest in multiple historic sites while
others had a specific interest in one site only.