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7. Development Principles

Implementing the presentation project developed for the Lachine Canal National Historic Site of Canada entails, on the one hand, physically reorganizing certain spaces that will be used to support the various activities planned and, on the other, inserting new buildings as well as facilities, accessories and furnishings intended to ensure the safety and well-being of site users. At the same time, all future actions and measures must enhance the site’s urban and heritage character, while fitting in harmoniously with the industrial landscape that surrounds the canal corridor at present.

Establishing guiding principles as well as aesthetic and organizational criteria is necessary in order to guide the definition of the architecture and development pattern, and ultimately the design of a future action plan, in conformity with the following objectives:

  • . • Bringing out the uniqueness of the Lachine Canal’s maritime and industrial character so that this heritage corridor is viewed as a coherent whole;
  • . • Highlighting the distinctive characteristics of each of the Lachine Canal’s sectors so as to reflect their relationship with the surrounding urban landscape.

These guiding principles will serve as reference points in framing both the spatial organization of the various work planned (hierarchization and treatment of spaces, siting of facilities, type of plantation, etc.) and the design of the facilities that will ultimately become part of the canal’s landscape (volumetry of buildings; shape, materials and colours of components and accessories).

These principles will guide the actions not only of Parks Canada but also of outside partners who could produce an impact on the heritage fabric of the canal.

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