Fort St. Joseph’s Management Plan Tabled in Parliament

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Fort St. Joseph

The management plan for Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site was tabled in Parliament recently. Reviewed every 10 years, management plans are a legislative requirement of the Canada National Parks Act and guide the management of Parks Canada’s places.

National historic sites reflect the rich and varied heritage of our nation.

The new plan for Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site outlines the following key objectives:

  • Conserve cultural resources and contemporary assets
  • Enhance visitor experience opportunities and increase visitation

The plan was developed through public consultation and based on input from local residents and organizations, visitors, stakeholders, partners, and Indigenous communities. Through this management plan, Parks Canada is meeting its promise to protect and present Canada’s cultural heritage while also providing an opportunity for Canadians to experience and discover our diverse history in new and exciting ways.

“Canada’s national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas belong to all Canadians and offer truly Canadian experiences. As the Minister responsible for Parks Canada, I applaud this collaborative effort and I am pleased to approve this management plan for Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site.” – Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

As Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Government of Canada invites Canadians to learn more about our history. Canada’s national historic sites will play a big part in the celebration of Canada 150.

The Fort St. Joseph’s Management Plan is available on the Parks Canada website at: http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/stjoseph/info/index/plan

Quick Facts

  • Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover or both, you’ll find inspiration at Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site. Explore the ruins of the old fort and imagine life in this remote outpost of Upper Canada. Then, hike the nature trails that lead through the woods and wetlands surrounding the old fort, near the shores of Lake Huron.
  • Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site of Canada, located on the shore of Lake Huron at the southern tip of St. Joseph Island, features the archaeological remains of an eighteenth century British fort. The ruins present a snapshot in time of a remote community in the years leading up to the War of 1812, strengthened by an alliance between the British military, Métis, and First Nations.
  • Parks Canada welcomes approximately 3,500 visitors to Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site each year.

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