Management Plan

Nature-culture approach

  • The cultural landscape of Grosse Île, moulded by a century and a half of activity, is part of a geographical and natural environment which, as an isolated island in the river, has changed little over time. The relationship between man and the environment is still visible in the landscape today.
  • On another level, the insular nature of the site accentuates its inherent heritage interest. In this context, it is perfectly appropriate that visitors should be offered an experience that not only enables them to appreciate the cultural attractions of the island but which also provides them an opportunity to enjoy its natural environment.

In accordance with the Parks Canada Cultural Resources Management Policy and the statement of commemorative integrity for the site, the preservation and presentation concept for Grosse Île essentially focuses on site conservation, by means of preserving the surviving period resources and using them to express heritage values. In order to safeguard the island’s special atmosphere, care should be taken when choosing methods of communication and organizing visitor services.

The following text expresses the Parks Canada vision for the desired state of the site.


Preservation and presentation concept

Respecting the spirit of the place
Comprehensive and specific view of history
Nature-culture approach
Grosse Île: looking to the future

Management objectives and key actions

Ensuring the commemorative integrity of the site

Cultural landscapes
Built heritage
Archaeological resources
Commemorative plaques and monuments
Movable cultural resources
Communicating the site’s messages and heritage values

Visitor services

Facilities

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada facilities

Preserving and presenting the natural environment

Shared management of the site