2. Commemorative Integrity of the Site

2.4 Messages of National Historic Significance

The messages to be communicated to the Canadian public concerning the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site are formulated in terms of their relation to the commemorative intent.

Key messages

  • The Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal belongs to Canada’s system of national historic sites and is part of its national system of historic canals.
  • Situated at the confluence of the Ottawa and St. Lawrence waterways, the canal is part of a navigational network linking Montréal with Ottawa and Kingston, on Lake Ontario.

Supporting messages

As the key messages are further developed, in accordance with the Cultural Resource Management Policy, they should help to enrich the commemorative themes of the site. From this perspective, it is clear that the following elements should also be an integral part of the messages of national historic significance:

  • The importance of the Ottawa River as a transportation corridor: the role of the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal in the international lumber trade and the movement of immigrants towards inland regions.
  • The construction of the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal and its history: the different canal systems implemented on the Ottawa River, the builders, operators and users.

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