Heritage masonry students from Algonquin College’s Perth, Ont. campus work on restoring the fortifications at Cape Merry Battery, which is part of Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site. © Parks Canada
College students from Ontario repairing fortifications at northern national historic site
This summer, a group of students from the heritage masonry program at the Perth, Ont. campus of Algonquin College are in Churchill, Man. working on a special project for Parks Canada.
These students are plying their unique trade to repair some of the degraded masonry at Cape Merry Battery, which is part of Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site. To do this specialized work, Parks Canada needed masons who were trained to work with heritage resources, so as not to impact on the heritage value of the fortifications. The work is being done with methods and materials that will ensure the masonry continues to look like it was built in the mid-1700s.
Meanwhile, the Algonquin College students benefit from practical field experience, so an agreement was established for the students and an instructor travel to Churchill for two weeks to take on the project.
The work is being done as part of a $100,000 investment by the Government of Canada to repair Cape Merry Battery.
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