2016 Kingston and Thousand Islands (Ontario) announcement Grand total investment*: $9.8M

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Bellevue House National Historic Site

Bellevue House National Historic Site is home to the restored villa and gardens where the seeds were planted for the birth of a country. Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and his family made Bellevue House their home from 1848 to 1849.

 

List of Projects:       

           

Project name: Exterior Repairs

Estimated total: $530K

Project description: Repair and/or replacement of sections of the Bellevue House roof, exterior woodwork and isolated stucco on the house, as well as door, window and balcony repairs.

 

Project name: Building Canada - The Story of Sir John A. Macdonald

Estimated total: $500K

Project description: To revitalize the visitor experience, at this former home of Sir John A. Macdonald, by enhancing the grounds, signage, interpretation materials and interactive displays in the site visitor centre and historic house.

 

 

Fort Henry National Historic Site

The original Fort Henry was built during the War of 1812, but bears no resemblance to the existing fort. A modern stone fortification was built at Point Henry between 1832 and 1837 replacing the original 1812 fort. It was considered even more necessary to fortify this point after the War of 1812, due to the completion of the Rideau Canal placing Point Henry at the intersection of three important waterways: the Rideau Canal, the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. Fort Henry is administered by Parks Canada and operated by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission. Uniformed military interpreters known as the Fort Henry Guard staff the fort and conduct demonstrations of British military life and tours for visitors.

 

 

List of Projects:       

           

Project name: Masonry Repairs - Redoubt Blocks 1, 2 and 11

Estimated total: $2.2M

Project description: This project will provide for masonry repairs of Redoubt Blocks 1, 2 and 11 at Fort Henry National Historic Site.

           

Project name: Terreplein Waterproofing - Redoubt

Estimated total: $1.8M

Project description: This project will provide waterproofing for the Terreplein of the Fort Henry Redoubt to ensure its long-term integrity and protection from exposure to the elements.

           

 


 

Kingston Fortifications National Historic Site           

Kingston Fortifications National Historic Site is located in and around the harbour area of Kingston, Ontario. Situated at the mouth of the Cataraqui River, and overlooking the confluence of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, the fortifications consist of five separate 19th-century military installations, including Fort Henry National Historic Site, Fort Frederick, and Murney, Shoal and Cathcart Martello towers. Built in the 1830s and 40s, the Kingston fortifications represent the apogee of defensive fortifications in the smooth bore, muzzle loading artillery age.  

 

Project name: Masonry and Exterior Repairs - Murney, Shoal and Cathcart Towers

Estimated total: $3.4M

Project description: Repair and restoration on the masonry and overall exterior of the three Kingston Fortification towers: Murney, Shoal and Cathcart Martello Towers.

           

 

Thousand Islands National Park

Thousand Islands National Park was established in 1904, as the first Canadian national park east of the Rocky Mountains. With its picturesque granite islands and windswept pine trees, you can experience the magic of this captivating and historic wilderness just a few hours from Toronto or Montreal. Days can be spent exploring secluded bays by kayak or powerboat or discovering rare species of turtles and birdlife alongside undulating hiking trails. As a small protected area in the heart of the Thousand Islands, Thousand Islands National Park works to promote sustainable recreation, while protecting the land and wildlife that make the area a popular tourist destination. The park is located in an area of rich biodiversity and is home to many species at risk.           

 

List of Projects:       

           

Project name: Mallorytown Landing Day Use Ara

Estimated total: $478K

Project description: Day use recap of the waterfront Mallorytown Landing site to address deferred work and better facilitate use as a boat launch and picnic area.

           

Project name: Landon Bay Campground

Estimated total: $471K

Project description: Recapitalize the Landon Bay Campground by upgrading playground and communal shelters, as well as development of a variety of roofed accommodations to meet the needs of the urban market. Additionally, upgrades will be made to the sewage and water systems.

               

Project name: Property Acquisition

Estimated total: $414K

Description: Due to the island–nature layout of the park, Thousand Islands National Park has few large land parcels. With highly fragmented land holdings, surrounded by private landowners, the park has acquired two new pieces of property that will become part of Thousand Islands National Park.

 

A 10-acre property on Hill Island with important species at risk habitat was recently purchased by the park. Parks Canada property neighboured the purchased parcel of land on 3 sides, and this addition fills a gap that will help preserve Grey Ratsnake and Blandings Turtle habitat in the Thousand Islands.

 

At Landon Bay, the cluster of land owned by Thousand Islands National Park was cut in half by a privately owned 28.7 hectare property. This division meant that one half of the property owned by Parks Canada at this location was only accessible by boat. Acquisition of this property will now allow Parks Canada to protect the ecological connectivity of Thousand Islands National Park, while expanding outdoor experiences for Canadians in an accessible drive up location.

 

 

* Please note that the sum of individual project values may not equal the grand total indicated at the top of this document due to standard rounding errors.       

 

 

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