The Management Plan for a national historic site identifies management measures and the general directions they should take in order to ensure that the long-term development of the site gives priority to its commemorative integrity (See p. 24, note 7). The Parks Canada Agency Act (1998) stipulates that a Management Plan must be reviewed every five years and updated if necessary. The plan must reflect Parks Canada’s general policies, but it must also take into account viewpoints and suggestions provided by the public.

The Management Plan for Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site of Canada is the outcome of a planning process that began in 1996. By the fall of 1997, the projected presentation design was made public in consultations that gave area citizens information about the target objectives.

The consultations provided interested individuals and organizations with an opportunity to make their opinions known with respect to the design and directions proposed for the site.

Through the comments and suggestions recorded in the consultations, Parks Canada gained fuller awareness of the viewpoints of the region’s citizens and was able to take these viewpoints into account in defining the final directions of the project.3

Cover's page photography: Saint-Ours Canal in 1930
Cover's page photography: Saint-Ours Canal in 1930
© Parks Canada / neg. 161/00/1C-102

This Management Plan sets out various management steps to be implemented over the course of the next five years, with the principal objective of ensuring the commemorative integrity of the site. The plan is based on a long-term vision covering a period of 15 years, and it thus includes directions whose implementation cannot be contemplated at present but could at some point be made feasible depending on funding.

3. Canadian Heritage, Parks Canada. Carillon, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and Saint-Ours Historic Canals, Public Consultation Program Reports. Quebec, March 1998, 31 pages.

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