What to know before you visit

Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over 5 years to support infrastructure work within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

This historic investment supports conservation while promoting visitor experience and making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.

When visiting the grounds of Ardgowan National Historic Site, you may encounter construction while we complete this important work. Please plan ahead before you visit to avoid inconvenience.

Landscaping Project

Parks Canada is renewing the historical landscaping of the grounds at Ardgowan National Historic Site. Through this project, we aim to restore and maintain the grounds to Victorian-era gardens as they existed when Father of Confederation William Henry Pope resided at Ardgowan.

Landscape work will include:

  • the clearance of overgrown shrubs around the property line to increase the view of the site
  • rebuilding of wooden fences and gates
  • reinstating the gravel pathways
  • installing a sewer line to the building from Confederation Street
  • an increase and reconfiguration of the parking lot to provide more parking spaces.

There will also be the removal of decaying trees and planting of new tree specimens and the re-introduction of flowering plants and shrubs typical of the 1860s period.

An arborist has identified several trees for removal, specifically those that are either unhealthy, dying or are too densely planted, negatively impacting the health of other trees. To ensure the safety of our visitors and to maintain the health of other nearby trees, affected trees will be removed in early 2019.

Public safety is a priority for Parks Canada. We ask visitors to respect all on-site signage and to follow instructions from Parks Canada’s staff or contractors during this work.