2. Commemorative Integrity of the Site

2.3 Resources Symbolizing or Characterizing the National Significance of the Site

Parks Canada ascribes great importance to the cultural resources whose historic value has motivated the designation of a site as being of national significance. In general, such resources are related to the commemorative intent and are said to be “level 1 resources,” according to the Cultural Resource Management Policy. 8

The long building with dormer windows and various annexes, which have since 
    disappeared, is the residence of the superintendent or head lockmaster. To 
    the right stands one of the two lockmasters' houses that were constructed 
    that same year.
The Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Lock in 1917
© Parks Canada / neg. 180/00/IC-27 - 1917

The resources related to the commemorative intent in a national historic site can be quite diverse. They may be components of the landscape, engineering structures, old buildings, archaeological remains, objects, etc. However, in the case of the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal, the existing resources cannot be considered to be of national historic significance, since in 1987 they were not explicitly designated as such in the reports produced by the Historical Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

This period photograph, no doubt taken from the Canadian Pacific railway bridge 
    that has crossed above the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue lock since 1866, shows 
    how the site was laid out in 1926. The first lock (1843), whose upstream entrance 
    is visible here, appears to have still been in use at this date, but it was 
    soon to be abandoned in favour of the more recent lock. In the background, 
    to the right, stands the toll collector’s house, which had a veranda 
    added to it. The attractive cast-iron streetlamps along the whole length of 
    the canal have provided lighting since 1914. 
The Upstream Entrance to the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue
© Parks Canada / neg. 160/00/IC-56– 1926

8Cultural Resource Management Policy, paragraph 2.2.1

< Previous Page  | Table of Contents  | Next Page  >