4. Issues and Strategic Directions
4.2 Strategic Directions
4.2.3 Communicating heritage messages and values of the site
Awareness of the Saint-Ours Canal’s heritage value among pleasure boaters is fostered through the involvement of the lock-masters, while shoreside visitors become acquainted with the canal’s history by looking at various outdoor information panels and visiting a thematic exhibition in the superintendent’s house.
For the most part, visitors perceive Saint-Ours Canal as a green area/water area where it is pleasant to watch the boats go through the lock and to have a picnic. The experience is usually one of recreational activity, and awareness of the canal’s history is not encouraged by the setting or by cultural events that might help visitors understand the meaning of the place.
- Design and offer a visit experience in keeping with the particular character of the site, while also taking steps to ensure it fits into the system of national historic sites of Canada.
- Present messages of national historic significance to visitors in such a way that they clearly understand them.
- Foster an understanding of the links that connect the site’s cultural resources, history and national significance.
- Implement methods and instruments of evaluation to determine the effectiveness with which messages are conveyed.
- Enrich visitors’ experience by the possible uncovering of the remains and artifacts related to the two periods of canal-building.
- Upgrade the training given to the lockmasters so that they can better communicate the history of the canal.
- Develop, with the help of outside resource people and groups, the cultural programming on the site by means of periodic activities and events that have a heritage character and that therefore serve as support for the interpretation efforts.