National Trust Endangered Places List

The National Trust Endangered Places List shines a national spotlight on heritage places at risk, from places of faith to Indigenous cultural landscapes, historic homes and schools to traditional main streets.

To provide more attention to places in need, the National Trust is accepting nominations and naming selected sites to its Endangered Places List throughout the year. Nominations are reviewed by National Trust staff and additions to the list are chosen in consultation with local community stakeholders and subject matter experts.

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Endangered Places List 2020 – A Year In Review

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NORAD Complex

North Bay, ON

Why it matters: This high security military installation was built between 1959-1963 as part of Canada’s significant commitment to NORAD…

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The Alexandra Bridge

Ottawa ON, Gatineau QC

Why it matters: The imposing Alexandra Bridge is a key component of the nationally significant cultural landscape of the Parliamentary…

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Ring Houses (University of Alberta)

Edmonton, AB

Why it matters: The February announcement of the pending demolition of the University of Alberta’s (U of A) four historic…

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St. Thomas' Anglican

St. Thomas’ Anglican Church

Moose Factory, ON

Why it matters: “If you google Paris, images of the Eiffel Tower will show up,” says Reverend Canon Norm Wesley….

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Hudson’s Bay Company Building

Winnipeg, MB

Why it matters: The Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) opened the downtown Winnipeg department store in 1926 as its Canadian flagship, prominently situated on Portage…

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Vancouver’s Chinatown

Vancouver, BC

Vancouver’s Chinatown – Development wave crushes culturally unique neighbourhood.   Why it matters Canada’s largest Chinatown stands as a testament…

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Canada’s Wooden Grain Elevators

Throughout Canada

Canada’s Wooden Grain Elevators – Rural icons vanishing from the landscape. Why they matter Towering above country scenes, wooden grain…

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Endangered Places List 2020 – A Year in Review

Since 2003, the National Trust’s Endangered Places List has shone a national spotlight on heritage places at risk across Canada…

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Former St. Paul’s Anglican Rectory

Southampton, ON

Local government pushes ahead with demolition of prominent historic building in the face of widespread community opposition. Why it matters:…

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Île d’Orléans

Île d'Orléans, QC

A controversial new bridge and ongoing development pressures threaten the important cultural landscape of l’Ile D’Orléans. Why it matters: The…

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Rubin Block

Winnipeg, MB

Property owner is jeopardizing a key building in Winnipeg’s South Osborne Street commercial strip through demolition by neglect. Why it…

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Future Heritage Designations in Ontario

Ontario

Ontario’s new More Homes, More Choice Act guts municipal ability to protect local heritage and gives final say over designation…

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Cyclorama of Jerusalem

Sainte-Anne-de Beaupré, QC

Canada’s only monumental painted panorama is at risk of destruction without Quebec heritage classification. Why it matters: The 120-year-old Cyclorama…

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Birtle Residential School

Birtle, MB

One of the last remaining Residential Schools in Manitoba is at risk and needs protection while its future is decided….

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Glenora Neighbourhood

Edmonton, AB

One of Edmonton’s most historic residential neighbourhoods is quickly being eroded by unchecked development. Why it matters: Glenora is one…

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Grand Bank Downtown and Waterfront

Grand Bank, NL

Incremental losses erode the potential revitalization of historic waterfront and downtown. Why it matters: The historic waterfront and downtown core…

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United Memorial Church

Halifax, NS

Church erected as a memorial to the victims of the 1917 Halifax Explosion faces demolition for a condo development. Why…

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St. Vital Roman Catholic Church

Battleford, SK

Demolition is looming for Saskatchewan’s oldest Roman Catholic Church if a new use and rehabilitation funds are not found. Why…

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1029 Tower Road

Halifax, NS

Located within a registered heritage streetscape, this beautiful 19th century cottage may fall prey to densification pressure. Why it matters:…

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Moose Jaw Natatorium

Moose Jaw, SK

Iconic Depression-era swimming facility will disappear if creative solutions for its renewal aren’t found. Why it matters: For decades, this…

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White House

Stratford, ON

A majestic home risks losing its larger-than-life portico and its spacious grounds, key elements of its character that have made…

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Victoria High School

Victoria, BC

Seismic upgrades threaten the oldest high school in Victoria. Why it matters: Built of noble materials in the Classical Revival…

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Muscowequan Residential School

Lestock, SK

Local Indigenous community fighting to save this crumbling residential school as a testament to resilience. Why it matters: Of the…

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St. Mary’s Pulp and Paper Mill

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Monumental Pulp Tower and Board Mill buildings in historic industrial complex need investment and vision to prevent their loss. Why…

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Former Carnegie Library and City of Winnipeg Archives

Winnipeg, MB

Winnipeg’s first public library languishes years after storm damages roof. Why it matters: Built in 1903 with funds from US…

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Royal Victoria Hospital

Montreal, QC

The future of this historically significant, yet largely-abandoned complex is in limbo. Why it matters: Built in 1893 thanks to…

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A. Minchau Blacksmith Shop

Edmonton, AB

Weak legislation and inadequate financial incentives place this Old Strathcona boomtown gem at risk. Why it matters: Built in 1925,…

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Covered Bridges of New Brunswick

New Brunswick

These iconic structures are being lost across the province to flooding, maintenance issues and lack of expert attention. Why they…

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Nottawasaga Lighthouse

Collingwood, ON

Top 10 Endangered Places List: 2016 The Nottawasaga Lighthouse was decommissioned in 2003 after an engineering study noted that the…

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St. Stephen Post Office

St. Stephen, NB

Top 10 Endangered Places List: 2016 The St. Stephen Post Office in St. Stephen, NB, previously at risk of demolition…

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Petrie Building

Guelph, ON

Top 10 Endangered Places List: 2014 The Petrie Building in Guelph, ON, previously at risk of demolition by neglect, was…

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Guild Inn

Scarborough, ON

Top 10 Endangered Places List: 2011 The Guild Inn in Scarborough, ON, previously at risk of demolition by neglect, was…

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The Black Horse Pub and Pig’s Ear Tavern

Peterborough, ON

These are not only well-known watering holes, but also landmarks in Peterborough’s downtown core. Why it matters: The Black Horse…

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Cathédrale Saint-Germain

Rimouski, QC

An iconic Roman Catholic cathedral in limbo. Why it matters: Built between 1854 and 1862, the Saint-Germain Cathedral was designed…

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Young Avenue

Halifax, NS

Serial demolition undermines the character of a historic residential boulevard. Why it matters: Young Avenue is a unique streetscape that…

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Davisville Junior Public School/ Spectrum Alternative Senior School

Toronto, ON

An exceptional mid-century modern school facing demolition. Why it matters An extraordinary example of mid-century modern architecture, this 1962 school…

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Wallingford-Back Mine

Mulgrave-et-Derry, QC

A stunning industrial landscape that became a beloved local asset is threatened with destruction. Why it matters: Situated inside a…

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Manie Opera Society

Lethbridge, AB

The oldest building in downtown Lethbridge’s Chinatown district: empty, crumbling and awaiting reuse. Why it matters: Built around 1907, the Manie…

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Somerset House

Ottawa, ON

Derelict for over a decade, this landmark downtown building is teetering on the brink. Why it matters: Built in stages…

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Hangar 11

Edmonton, AB

One of the last World World II hangars at the former Edmonton Municipal Airport. Why it matters: Built in 1942,…

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Sinclair Centre

Vancouver, BC

Four federal heritage buildings make up the Sinclair Centre, at risk from office tower development. Why it matters: The Sinclair…

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Bryn Mawr

St. John’s, NL

A historic former summer home and local landmark. Why it matters: Built in 1907, Bryn Mawr (also known as Baird…

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Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Penitentiary National Historic Site

Laval, QC

Historic federal penitentiary wasting away Why it matters From the time of its opening in 1873 until its closure in…

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Prairies Grasslands

Saskatchewan

A storied landscape of natural and cultural value at risk Why it matters In the 1930s, overworked lands plagued by…

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Spaca Moskalyk Ukrainian Catholic Church

Lamont County, AB

Marker of Ukrainian heritage could be lost Why it matters The silver onion dome of this wood-frame church rises above…

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Harbour Grace Court House National Historic Site

Harbour Grace, NL

Handsome colonial treasure deserves a fair trial Why it matters Newfoundland and Labrador’s oldest public building, the Harbour Grace Court…

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Former Royal Alberta Museum

Edmonton, AB

Modernist gem under threat Why it matters Set on the park-like grounds of Government House overlooking the North Saskatchewan River,…

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Gibson Isolation Hospital

Belleville, ON

TEARING DOWN A PIECE OF DEAF HERITAGE FOR PARKING SPACES Why it matters This brick structure is one of just…

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The Quebec Bridge

St. Lawrence River, QC

LONGEST CANTILEVER BRIDGE SPAN IN THE WORLD RUSTING AWAY Why it matters The Quebec Bridge will be 100 years old…

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Hôpital de la Miséricorde

Montreal, QC

INSTITUTIONAL LANDMARK IN NEED OF REVITALIZATION Why it matters This large convent hospital complex built between 1853 and 1940 is…

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Belcourt Spirituality Centre

Rustico, PEI

GOOD FAITH LACKING IN DIOCESE’S DISMISSAL OF A CHERISHED COMMUNITY ASSET Why it matters The Belcourt Centre, formerly St. Augustine’s…

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Barber Paper Mill

Georgetown, ON

STAKEHOLDER IMPASSE THREATENS INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE SITE Why it matters Established in 1854 on the banks of the Credit River in…

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Rossdale Power Plant

Edmonton, AB

The City of Edmonton is balking at the cost of rehabilitating the decommissioned industrial site and contemplating stripping it of…

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Sackville United Church

Sackville, NB

DECK STACKED AGAINST YET ANOTHER FORMER CHURCH BUILDING Why it matters A landmark in the heart of Sackville’s downtown since…

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Peace River Valley

Northeast BC

HYDRO POWER TRUMPS ABORIGINAL AND NATURAL HERITAGE Why it matters Archaeological evidence and oral history bear witness to at least…

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Point Grey Secondary School

Vancouver, BC

SEISMIC MITIGATION PROGRAM POISED TO REDUCE HISTORIC SCHOOL TO RUBBLE Why it matters Opened to students in 1929, Point Grey…

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Our Lady of Assumption Church

Windsor, ON

HOPE REMAINS FOR FUTURE OF HISTORIC CHURCH DESPITE FUNDRAISING ROLLERCOASTER RIDE   Why it matters Our Lady of Assumption Church…

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East Coulee Truss Bridge

East Coulee, AB

TRESTLE BRIDGE NEEDS NEW LEASE ON LIFE Why it matters The wooden C.P.R. ”Howe Truss” bridge over the Red Deer…

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Central Experimental Farm

Ottawa, ON

FEDS PLAY FAST AND LOOSE WITH A NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE Why it matters A rare example of a farm within…

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Paramount Theatre

Edmonton, AB

CURTAINS CLOSING ON DOWNTOWN EDMONTON’S LAST HISTORIC CINEMA Development Pressures: Mid-Century Modern gem in the way of yet another tower…

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Gander International Airport Departures Lounge

Gander, NL

MID-CENTURY GEM SCHEDULED TO DEPART DUE TO DOWNSIZING The most important modernist room in Canada faces imminent destruction due to…

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St. Alphonsus Church

Victoria Mines, NS

COMMUNITY STAVES OFF CHURCH DEMOLITION BY DIOCESE The survival of St. Alphonsus Church depends on the community’s fundraising abilities and…

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POW Camp 30

Clarington, ON

NEWLY DECLARED NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE IS STRUGGLING AGAINST TIME AND VANDALS Why it matters In 1925 John Jury donated 106…

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Fort Qu’Appelle Sanatorium

Fort Qu'Appelle

SASKATCHEWAN’S LAST TUBERCULOSIS SANATORIUM SUCCUMBING TO DEMOLITION BY NEGLECT Sold by the Province in 2005, the once beautiful “Fort San”…

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Main Post Office

Vancouver, BC

VANCOUVER’S POSTAL TEMPLE DESTINED TO BE “LOST IN THE MAIL” Sold by Canada Post with no heritage protection to an…

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Cap-des-Rosier Lighthouse National Historic Site

Local community left holding the financial bag as federal government seeks to unload a “surplus” heritage lighthouse. Why it matters…

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École Connaught Community School

Regina, SK

REGINA’S OLDEST SCHOOL SET FOR DEMOLITION DESPITE NEIGHBOURHOOD OUTCRY Rehab of well-loved historic school is being scuttled by School Board…

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Zion Baptist Church

Yarmouth, NS

CLOCK IS TICKING FOR IMPORTANT TOWN LANDMARK A part of the Yarmouth community for nearly 115 years, this unique church…

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Hamilton Education Centre

Hamilton, ON

MODERNIST ARCHITECTURAL LANDMARK HEADING FOR LANDFILL A demolition permit has been issued to Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board—a condition of its…

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Paramount Theatre

Chilliwack, BC

HISTORIC CITY-OWNED THEATRE FACES DESTRUCTION DESPITE YOUTHFUL GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN   11th hour community group plans to save historic cinema, but…

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Barron Building

Calgary, AB

BIRTHPLACE OF CALGARY’S OIL INDUSTRY FACES DEMOLITION BY NEGLECT Mired in legal wrangles and stalled development plans, this high-profile Calgary…

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Ontario Place

Toronto, ON

An internationally renowned modernist urban waterfront park has been partially shuttered with no legal protection for its heritage elements, pending…

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Kays Brothers Building / Welsh and Owen Building

Charlottetown, PEI

DOWNTOWN GEM THREATENED WITH DEMOLITION   The verdict on the future of the historic Kays Bros. Building in Charlottetown’s old…

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Cape Jourimain Lighthouse

Bayfield, NB

A FEDERALLY “RECOGNIZED” HERITAGE LIGHTHOUSE ABANDONNED TO THE ELEMENTS Declared surplus in 2010 by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans…

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Porter/McKinley Block

Chatham-Kent, ON

A CASE OF DEMOLITION BY NEGLECT This designated privately owned heritage building—home to one of the last remaining intact opera…

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Lansdowne Park

Ottawa, ON

A PUBLIC LEGACY SOLD SHORT  Ottawa city council has voted to proceed with a controversial redevelopment plan for Lansdowne Park,…

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Vancouver Schools- Kitsilano Senior Secondary

Vancouver, BC

SEISMIC SHAKEDOWN Historic Kitsilano Senior Secondary School faces demolition at the hands of an opportunistic school board using provincial seismic…

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Bellevue House

Amherstburg, ON

A CASE AT RISK OF DEMOLITION BY NEGLECT Dating from 1816 and connected with the War of 1812, one of…

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Dominion Exhibition Display Building II

Brandon, MB

NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE SORELY NEGLECTED Lack of funding support from the provincial and federal governments—who have both designated this monument…

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David Dunlop Observatory and Park

Richmond Hill, ON

ASTRONOMICAL DEVELOPMENT PRESSURE Proximity to Yonge Street, recent sale to an Ontario property developer, and a half-hearted approach to legal…

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Moncton High School

Moncton, NB

USE IT OR LOSE IT Moncton High School is one of hundreds of historic schools from the first half of…

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St. Patrick’s Church

Halifax, NS

A LANDMARK IN LIMBO The church’s predicament underscores the pressures exerted on places of worship by declining numbers of congregants,…

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Winter Street Prison

Sherbrooke, QC

CRUMBLING BEHIND BARS The future of the Winter Prison complex remains uncertain. This unique historic landmark is succumbing to decay…

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Alexander Bridge House

Bonavista, NL

STRUGGLING AGAINST A TIDE OF DECAY All too often, local preservation and historical societies which are mostly run by volunteers…

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Herschel Island (Qikiqtaruk)

Beaufort Sea, YK

Background Herschel Island, an important cultural heritage site, is being slowly washed away by rising sea levels that are attributed…

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Town of Tilting

Fogo Island, NL

Why it’s important: The Fogo Island town of Tilting has been identified by Parks Canada as one of the country’s…

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Sir Louis-Hippolyte La Fontaine House

Why It Matters This three-storey Georgian mansion, located on prime real estate below René Levesque Boulevard, was built between 1844…

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Bell Barn

Indian Head, SK

Why it matters Built by Major William Bell in 1882, the round fieldstone Bell Barn is one of Saskatchewan’s oldest…

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Lister Block

Hamilton, ON

Update: This endangered site was successfully rehabilitated thanks to a team of creative and dedicated people. Inclusion on the list helped…

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Burrard Bridge

Vancouver, BC

Why It’s Endangered Vancouver’s newly elected city council wasted no time in overturning the previous council’s decision which called for…

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