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Management Plan

Strategic direction respecting facilities infrastructure

As a rule, new facilities infrastructure (water, wastewater treatment, power supply/transmission, etc.) will be designed so as to produce minimum impact on cultural and natural resources, and will be as quiet and unnoticeable as possible. The following guidelines apply specifically to the wharf, landing strip, water tower and fuel tanks.

Out of a concern for completely rehabilitating the burial ground, Parks Canada wishes to reorganize the Grosse Île landing strip, part of which encroaches on the former eastern cemetery. This long-term project will, however, only be undertaken provided that: realignment of the landing strip does not compromise the safety of air transport to the island; environmental impact is acceptable; and the cost is reasonable.

Water supply on the island will be increased to comply with fire protection standards and increased domestic requirements. In compliance with the findings of the comparative analysis of the various technical options available in that respect, the new underground water storage tank will be located in the central sector of the island. Once the existing water tower dating to 1913 has been retired, it will be preserved as a reminder of the past.

The oil tanks installed by Agriculture Canada close to the western wharf, where they produce a negative visual impact, will be dismantled; their current location will be rehabilitated. New tanks, to be fed via underground piping originating at the wharf, will be installed inside the former stable for healthy animals.

Finally, considering the isolation of this historic site, in addition to the diversity and great number of resources located on it, a workshop area will be set up near the gravel pit located in the eastern portion of the island in response to maintenance requirements.

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


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada facilities

Preserving and presenting the natural environment

Shared management of the site