Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site Management Plan Tabled in Parliament
Parks Canada announces plan to connect Canadians to heritage in the Québec region
June 1, 2018 Québec, Quebec Parks Canada Agency
The management plan for Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site was tabled in Parliament today. Management plans are a legislative requirement of the Canada National Parks Act and guide the management of Parks Canada places.
National historic sites reflect the rich and varied heritage of our nationIn this new management plan, Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux, Lévis Forts and Parc-Montmorency National Historic Sites have been grouped since they are integral components of the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site and together constitute the four operational sites, properties of Parks Canada, associated with the fortifications of Quebec.The new management plan for the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site outlines the following key objectives:
- To be an authentic, four-century-old evocative historic site;
- To be Parks Canada signature destination for the Québec region;
- To be a recognized and protected World Heritage site; and,
- To include Fort No.1 in its environment as an historic site.
The plan was developed through public consultation and based on input from local residents and organizations, stakeholders, partners and Indigenous communities of the Québec region. 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.
Millions of Canadians celebrated Canada 150 in 2017 with free admission to Parks Canada’s places. In 2018 and beyond, the Government of Canada is celebrating families with free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for youth 17 and under. Parks Canada’s national heritage places are a great way for Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment and heritage.The Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site Management Plan is available on the Parks Canada website at:http://parkscanada.ca/en/lhn-nhs/qc/fortifications/info/gestion-management-2018.
“Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas belong to all Canadians and offer truly Canadian experiences. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the management plan. As the Minister responsible for Parks Canada, I applaud this collaborative effort and I am pleased to approve this management plan for the Fortifications of Québec Historic Site.”
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
- The Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site, encircling Old Quebec and covering 4.6 kilometers, bears witness to the important defensive system put in place from 1608 to 1871.
- These important work structures, made of mud and stones, make Québec City the only fortified city North of Mexico and earned the Historic District of Old Québec a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation in 1985.
- The Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site contributes in a major way to the tourism sector of the Historic District of Old Québec. The site welcomes almost three million visitors every year.
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Quebec Field Unit
Parks Canada Agency