Georges Island National Historic Site of Canada

Management Planning

What is a management plan?

A management plan is a key instrument for ensuring that Parks Canada delivers on its commitments to the people of Canada. The process of management planning allows Aboriginal communities, stakeholders, partners, local residents and the public to have an effective voice in shaping the future of the site.

Management Plan for the Halifax Defence Complex

Parks Canada is pleased to share the 2009 Management Plan for Georges Island, Fort McNab, York Redoubt, Prince of Wales Tower and the Halifax Citadel – known collectively as the Halifax Defence Complex. This plan was developed based upon extensive public consultation and provides strategic direction for these national historic sites for the next 10 to 15 years.

  • 2009 Management Plan for the Halifax Defence Complex (PDF, 2.91 MB)
  • From the Management Plan Executive Summary:

    The Halifax Defence Complex consists of five national historic sites with a common reason for designation: Halifax was one of four principal overseas naval stations of the British Empire during the 18th and 19th centuries, and the Halifax Defence System or Complex includes a complete conspectus of shore defences from the 18th century to the Second World War. The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada recommended the commemoration of representative examples of a complete range of shore defences as national historic sites, specifically naming Georges Island, Fort McNab, York Redoubt, Prince of Wales Tower and the Halifax Citadel.

    The Halifax Defence Complex is administered by the Parks Canada Agency as part of a system of national historic sites across Canada. Each national historic site within this system protects and presents an important part of Canada’s history. Parks Canada raises the awareness and understanding of Canadians about our common heritage by offering opportunities to learn about and experience the national historic sites of the Halifax Defence Complex and other national historic sites across Canada.



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