Submitted by Ontario Parks Canada Agency
This year marks a year of celebrations and milestones for Canada, particularly as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Canada’s national parks and historic sites enable Canadians to experience their rich history and heritage in a special way and the Government is very pleased to offer free admission for all visitors to Parks Canada places in 2017 to celebrate Canada 150.
Today, the government is proud to underscore the 10th anniversary of the Rideau Canal National Historic Site being inscribed as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site.
“As a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Rideau Canal represents one of the world’s most outstanding achievements,” says Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.”Our government is deeply committed to protecting Canada’s heritage places now, and for future generations. We are fortunate to have this remarkable national treasure in the heart of Canada’s capital. I encourage Canadians to enjoy the natural beauty and experience the rich history of the Rideau Canal, both a national historic site and world heritage site.”
As a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Rideau Canal is deemed to have Outstanding Universal Value. As a large strategic canal constructed for military purposes, the Rideau Canal played a crucial contributory role in allowing British forces to defend the colony of Canada against the United States of America, leading to the development of two distinct political and cultural entities in the north of the American continent. Deemed to represent a significant stage in human history by the World Heritage Committee, the Rideau Canal was inscribed as a World Heritage site on July 2, 2007.
Through infrastructure investments in the Rideau Canal, Parks Canada is protecting and preserving our heritage and strengthening its appeal as a destination that celebrates our nation’s achievements. To date, the Government has announced more than $100M in investments to protect and preserve the Rideau Canal.
The Government of Canada invites Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn more about our history. Parks Canada is encouraging visitors to plan their trips and discover new and exciting destinations in 2017 by consulting Parks Canada’s website or downloading the new Parks Canada Mobile App, for a list of hidden gems and other unique and memorable ways to celebrate Canada 150.