2. Commemorative Integrity of the Site

2.4 Messages of National Historic Significance

The messages to be communicated to the Canadian public concerning the Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site of Canada are formulated in terms of their relation to the commemorative intent.

The commemorative intent is as follows:

Key messages

  • The Saint-Ours Canal belongs to Canada’s system of national historic sites and is part of its national system of historic canals.

  • Situated on the Richelieu navigation route along with the Chambly Canal, it links Montreal to New York via the Richelieu River, Lake Champlain and the Hudson River.

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 Richelieu River as a transportation corridor: the role of the Saint-Ours Canal in international shipping, including the transportation of wood; the role of the Saint-Ours Canal in the distribution of agricultural products in the Richelieu Valley.

  • The construction of the canal and its history: the scale of the lock, the presence of the dam in the Richelieu River navigation system, the building of a new canal between 1928 and 1933 and a new dam in 1966, and the people who built, operated and used these facilities.

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