Restoration and conservation work
Parks Canada is committed to preserving both the natural and cultural heritage of our special places, while ensuring safe, high-quality experiences for our visitors. As part of that commitment, and with the support of the federal infrastructure funding, important conservation and restoration work will begin at Grand-Pré National Historic Site on Monday, August 31, 2020.
1. Repointing of the Memorial Church
Starting on Monday, August 31, 2020, visitor access to the Memorial Church will be suspended and will remain so for the duration of the conservation and restoration work. The Memorial Church repointing project is expected to last between 6 to 8 weeks, is weather-dependent, and entails the following work:
- Masonry and carpentry on the exterior front facade of the Memorial Church;
- Improvements and repairs to the rainwater leaders and flashing;
- Paint touch-ups on the front doors; and
- Restoration of the lunette window above the front doors.
As part of this project, no conservation and restoration work will be conducted inside the Memorial Church. Artefacts that are typically stored and showcased inside will be kept safe and protected during the duration of the repointing project, and will once again be available for public enjoyment next season.
2. Repointing Evangeline’s Pedestal
To complete the conservation work needed on the base of the statue, to prevent water pooling and infiltration of pests, to improve ventilation, and strengthen the structure, the following renovations will be made to the statues’ base:
- All existing mortars will be removed and replaced;
- A new concrete foundation will be added; and
- Stones in poor condition will be replaced.
3. Other works
Grand-Pré National Historic Site’s Herbin Cross and Longfellow monuments, as well as the Coming of the New England Planters Cairn at Horton Landing, will also undergo conservation and restoration work as part of this project. As the site’s iconic landmarks and esthetics will be impacted by the essential restoration, Parks Canada will be offering free entry on site for the duration of the work, and will provide public updates as this project progresses.
As a recognized leader in heritage conservation, all Parks Canada projects are subject to an environmental assessment process to ensure appropriate ecological protection measures are in place. They are also subject to a cultural resource assessment process to ensure all cultural resources remain protected.
Visitor safety is of utmost importance to Parks Canada. During construction, visitors are asked to respect all on-site signage, keep a safe distance from construction crews and onsite equipment, and be aware of some minor disturbances, including the moving of heavy machinery in the area.
The Government of Canada has earmarked $737,000 in federal infrastructure funding to protect Grand-Pré National Historic Site. This work is part of the Government of Canada’s Federal Infrastructure Investment Program to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway, and highway assets within national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas. Through infrastructure investments, Parks Canada is protecting and conserving our national treasures, while supporting local economies.