2. Commemorative Integrity of the Site
2.2 Commemorative Intent8
The commemorative intent of a national historic site or canal defines what should be specifically commemorated at this site. This intent is closely related to the reasons that led the site’s being designated as being of national significance and that account for its ranking among the national historic sites of Canada.
The commemorative intent of the Saint-Ours Canal has been defined as follows:
The Saint-Ours Canal is part of Canada’s national system of historic canals. Located on the Richelieu River, it commemorates, with the Chambly Canal, the role played by this navigable waterway during the 19th and 20th centuries, as part of a canal system linking Montreal to New York via the Richelieu River, Lake Champlain and the Hudson River.