Reminders of past features
Various elements that have disappeared over time will be recalled in the landscape – in particular, a number of archaeological vestiges whose presentation has been deemed critical to understanding commemorative messages; fences and gates which formed the boundaries of certain historically significant properties; and the barrier fences that once divided the island into three sectors.
Archaeological vestiges will be recalled by means of vegetation management and other techniques, such as ground-level marking. These reminders will be distributed throughout the entire area of the former quarantine station.
Fences and gates have been identified as significant elements of the village sector. Namely, fencing was a favoured means of delimiting space, and fence type was considered to be an indicator of social status. 30
Finally, barrier fences will again be placed in the landscape in order to reinforce the identity of the three sectors of occupation and to suggest the compulsory confinement within these sectors and the regulations governing movement from one sector to another during the active period of human quarantine. The exact location of these fences at sector entrances varied throughout the history of the quarantine. Where these fences are to be re-erected will be determined with a view to fitting them logically into today’s landscape.
The integration of future facilities
A number of rules will have to be respected if the spirit of the place is not to be impaired as a result of installing new elements in the landscape. For the most part, these rules will apply to the installation of signage and interpretation panels, the setting up of facilities and equipment required by the visit experience, and the erection of commemorative monuments and plaques.
Outdoor signage and interpretation panels will be installed as prudently as possible. So as to avoid deteriorating the integrity of landscapes, visitors’ guides (publications, audio guides, etc.) and the services of heritage interpreters will be used as much as possible to communicate commemorative messages. The location and design of current and future signage and panels will be defined so as to blend in with the surrounding cultural and/or natural landscape.
Architectural models related to the historical character of the site must be developed before facilities and equipment required by the visitors can be set up. Outdoor furniture (picnic tables, benches, garbage cans, etc.) should be provided in sufficient numbers and located in the appropriate areas. The design of this furniture should be appropriate to the heritage character of the site, and the location of pieces should blend into the landscape. 31 Interpretation trails will be fully integrated into the landscape and will offer visitors a variety of perspectives enabling them to discover the resources of the site.
30. The fence around the electrician’s house, located in the western sector, will also be recalled in the landscape. The building, built in 1847, first served as the physician’s home. This role implied building a fence so as to set the house off from the neighbouring hospital and immigrant shelters.
31. A period architectural model for benches has already been adopted.
Preservation and presentation concept
Respecting the spirit of the place
Comprehensive and specific view of history
Grosse Île: looking to the future
Management objectives and key actions
Ensuring the commemorative integrity of the site
Commemorative plaques and monuments
Movable cultural resources
Communicating the site’s messages and heritage values
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada facilities
Preserving and presenting the natural environment
Shared management of the site