Management plans for national historic sites describe the medium and long-range strategic guidance chosen for protection, presentation and use of these heritage areas. Each plan embodies the commitments made to the Canadian public by the minister responsible for Parks Canada.
A management plan applies Parks Canada’s general policies to a specific site and also takes into account the opinions and proposals of the public. The guidance expressed in this plan is directly linked to the essential responsibilities of Parks Canada – that is, ensuring the commemorative integrity of the site, offering quality service to visitors and, finally, using public funds in a wise and efficient manner. In implementing management plan directions, Parks Canada fulfills its duties to Canadians.
The 1998 legislation founding the Parks Canada Agency stipulates that management plans for national parks and national historic sites must be revised every five years and tabled before Parliament. Thus, this plan, the first produced for Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site of Canada, will be periodically reviewed and updated.
The first section of the plan provides a brief overview of the historical significance of the quarantine station of Grosse Île, the tragedy of 1847 and the phenomenon of immigration to Canada in the 19th century; it also sets out the concept of commemorative integrity and contains excerpts from the commemorative integrity statement for the site. The second section briefly describes the current situation; it highlights features of the site in connection with commemorative integrity, including factual information about its legal status, use, existing partnership agreements and the regional tourism context. The last section of the plan describes the protection and presentation concept proposed in response to strategic objectives, and outlines the comprehensive directions which, over a period of fifteen years, will shape future Parks Canada interventions with respect to the management of cultural and environmental resources, the communication of heritage values, service to be offered to visitors, and visitation targets.
Owing to its fundamentally strategic nature, the management plan does not propose an implementation program or action plan as such, although the conclusion sets out certain priorities. These priorities and the appropriate budget parameters will be confirmed in the site’s business plan.
Origin and context of the project
Quarantine and public health
1847, year of tragedy
Canadian immigration in Québec City during the years of the Grosse Île quarantine station