2018 Award Recipients
Prince of Wales Prize
The City of Westmount, Québec
The 2018 Prince of Wales Prize recognizes the City of Westmount, Quebec for its sustained commitment to heritage conservation over time. A picturesque historic enclave bordering the downtown core of Montreal, Westmount owes its extraordinary beauty and cohesiveness to a long tradition of municipal leadership and a strong record of citizen engagement.
Celebrated for its distinctive streets, outstanding public parks, private gardens and architecture, the city is blessed with the work of many notable architects, including the Maxwell brothers, Percy Nobbs, Hutchison and Wood, J.O. Marchand and Mies van der Rohe.
Over generations, Westmount has employed a careful and methodical approach to protecting and enhancing its heritage qualities. Conservation by-laws have been championed and enforced by municipal leaders, integrated into the municipal construction guidelines, and enthusiastically supported by the city’s architectural review committee which celebrated 100 years of continuous operation in 2016. Since 1995, the city has identified 39 distinct character areas, and more than 4000 properties have been inventoried for their heritage significance. The Local Heritage Council, established by the City in 2016, has initiated forward-looking planning projects, including a heritage assessment of all the city’s houses of worship, in collaboration with each religious community.
The municipal government itself is the owner of a number of important historic places and is a careful and exemplary steward. Further, new construction is designed to minimize its impact on existing character, and on the environment: for example the 2014 LEED certified Westmount Recreation Centre – containing two hockey rinks and an outdoor pool – was built almost entirely underground in order to limit its visual impact on historic Westmount Park. Recognizing that heritage encompasses more than bricks and mortar, the City financially supports various cultural traditions, such as the lawn bowling club, military folklore, family day and horticultural activities.
In 2011, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada recognized the Westmount District as a National Historic Site, noting its rich abundance of the architectural styles and landscaped architectural trends that marked the period between 1890 and 1930, and the efforts of local citizens who, from the early 20th century onwards, sought to protect the diversity and historic integrity of the district’s built environment.
The 2018 Prince of Wales Prize recognizes the City of Westmount for its sustained commitment to heritage conservation over time, seen in the quality of its environment, its committed leadership and its highly engaged residents.
Back to the top
Category A: Projects completed between 2012 and 2017 that have creatively renewed or transformed historic places or landscapes for new uses.
Since opening in 1912, Bowness Park has been one of Calgary’s most popular park destinations. Approximately 30 hectares in area and two kilometers in length, the Park is situated on the south bank of the Bow River in the community of Bowness.
Nearly one hundred years after the Park was established, the City of Calgary undertook a $12.5M rehabilitation project in recognition of the Park’s century long history and in response to its enduring popularity. The plan for redevelopment was based on extensive stakeholder engagement and public input throughout the planning and design process. Citizens emphasized that the rich history of the Park should be celebrated while creating a functional park that could be enjoyed by all age groups all year round.
The redevelopment project – undertaken by landscape architects from the IBI Group and Leonard Novak Landscape Architect – included transforming a former parking lot into a new central pedestrian area with seating; a new building for a concession and café, based on the historic tea house; and forest management to encourage a healthy, sustainable cottonwood forest. The project also centralized parking to improve the Park’s traffic flow and to eliminate the use of motor vehicles within the larger park, and transformed the existing roadways into pedestrian-centered pathways and trails. In 2012, the Riverbank was also restored – just in time to drastically reduce the potential negative impact of the 2013 flood.
By adhering to the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada a balanced conservation approach was implemented, and in 2014 the site was declared a Municipal Historic Resource. The project reversed the decline of amenities in Bowness Park, rehabilitated many of its historic features and amenities, and has positioned the park to meet the recreation needs of Calgarians over the coming decades.
Back to the top
Commissioned by William R. Johnston, and built in 1875 by prominent local architectural firm, Langley, Langley & Burke, the Casey House is a significant visual reminder of the affluence and grandeur of Jarvis Street during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The interior is characterized by remarkably well preserved and striking detail, including fireplaces, elaborate ceiling plasterwork, leaded glass windows, and encaustic tile floors.
In 1988, Casey House was Canada’s first stand-alone treatment facility for people with HIV/AIDS, and the first freestanding hospice in Ontario, and has today been redeveloped as a state-of-the-art AIDS/HIV healthcare facility.
ERA Architects Inc. prepared a Master Plan for the property and oversaw the rehabilitation of all exterior and interior heritage fabric. The redevelopment project integrated the historic building with a new four-storey extension designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects. The extension embraces and respects the existing building, preserving its qualities and organizing the day-to-day user experience. The conservation strategy was to retain and conserve the heritage fabric, replacing deteriorated elements where necessary.
The interior preservation included the repair and repainting of the plasterwork, the development of the colour scheme, preservation of the fireplaces, and repair of the mosaic flooring in the vestibule. The preservation of the exterior was extensive, including the removal of paint from the masonry, repointing of brickwork, the replacement of stone bands, the fabrication and installation of new window boxes, and new lead-coated copper spiralettes on the roof.
Throughout the project, the architects considered how to manifest unifying themes from the AIDS movement such as ‘embrace’ and ‘quilt’ by working the design concept from the inside out. At its heart, the redevelopment of Casey House was a community-inspired and driven initiative, with stakeholders recognizing the importance of their generous contributions.
Back to the top
cSPACE King Edward
Built in 1912, the former King Edward School was closed in 2001 by the Calgary Board of Education. Left vacant and derelict for over a decade, cSPACE purchased the site in 2012. Through its projects, cSPACE provides the conditions that diverse communities of creative entrepreneurs need to remain vital, sustainable, and innovative while generating broader public value for Calgarians.
With support from the Calgary Foundation, Calgary Arts Development Authority, and Nyhoff Artchitects, cSPACE completed its flagship project in 2017, transforming the vacant building into a LEED Gold community hub for the cultural and creative sector. The rehabilitation of this historic sandstone school included the construction of a new, contemporary addition to restore the architectural symmetry of the original floorplan and provide a purpose-built theatre and meeting space. The conservation of the building exterior included the preservation of its masonry and historic windows, the rehabilitation of its historic cupolas, and the installation of a new roof.
The project scope integrated new infrastructure and features to support the building’s new uses: a new elevator, service entrance, and stairwell has enhanced accessibility and functionality, while future festivals and public art installations can now be fully accommodated in a new public park, children’s play area, and outdoor courtyard whose design incorporates salvaged school materials and historical references.
Today, cSPACE King Edward is a vibrant and unique cultural tourism asset. As a publicly accessible facility, the project showcases a diverse community of non-profits, post-secondary institutions, cultural entrepreneurs and artists delivering innovative programs and cultural experiences for Calgarians.
Back to the top
Located in the heart of Old Montréal, 360 Saint Jacques was established as the Royal Bank of Canada headquarters in 1928. Today, thanks to the initiative of Gestion Georges Coulombe Inc., the majestic banking hall is home the Crew Collective & Café.
Though the Royal Bank headquarters were eventually relocated in the 1960s, the bank kept a branch in the building until 2012. At that time, Georges Coulombe acquired the building and, with the help of heritage conservation experts, gradually began the careful restoration of the exterior limestone and renovation of the interior spaces.
The monumental banking hall remained vacant while the owner sought to find a new use that would respect the impressive character of the space and protect its extraordinarily rich architectural components – including a 12,000 square foot travertine floor incorporating a marble mosaic crowned by the Royal Bank’s bronze coat of arms; limestone and sandstone walls passing from red to cool gray chamois revealing the coat of arms of nine provinces of the country as well as Newfoundland and the cities of Halifax and Montreal; and coffered ceiling decorated with wood and plaster gilding by the Italian master Angelo Magnanti.
In 2016, the innovative Crew Collective & Café took shape and was developed in close collaboration with all the project’s stakeholders. Working closely with the owner, the architect Henri Cleinge subtly created a café and a collective work space while meeting the highest standards of conservation and intervention principles in heritage context, including the principles of compatibility, reversibility minimal intervention.
Separated from the collective work area by a subtle and acoustically efficient wall of glass, the public café area is located in the center of the banking hall, at the mouth of the last steps of the monumental marble staircase.
Private workrooms are brilliantly furnished in brass-plated steel boxes, a discreet coating that matches the hues of existing materials. The kitchens are discreetly integrated behind the original long marble counter, where customers can watch through windows at the hectic pace of the preparation of ordered meals.
Thanks to the specialized expertise of many craftsman, including plasterer Daniel-Jean Primeau, several elements of the decor were lovingly restored, including the historic lighting fixtures, brass railings and plaster ornaments and the richly detailed ceiling boxes. After several months of design and five months of work, the rehabilitated banking hall has been revealed to the public and testifies to the remarkable collaboration between a sympathetic owner, designers and entrepreneurs that has permitted the conservation of a magnificent heritage interior and its continued public access.
Back to the top
Grey Nuns Reading Room
The former Mother House of the Sisters of Charity of Montreal (known as the Grey Nuns) has played an important role in the history of the city for over 150 years, and has been respectfully rehabilitated by Concordia University to serve its student community. A centerpiece of the project was the conversion of the historic chapel into a Reading Room for the students.
In September 2014, the university began the Reading Room conversion project with a vision of allowing their multi-denominational student population to better understand the religious past of the place, and by extension, the place occupied by religious communities in Montreal’s our collective history.
Undertaken by Lapointe Magne & associés, the project took great care to respect the vocation and the original character of the historic chapel. The interventions were minimal in order to preserve the spirit and character of the place: one where visitors can study, learning, and reflect in a quiet, contemplative environment.
The neutral color palette of the new design accentuates the original neo-Romanesque-inspired interior, the height of the dome, and the delicacy of the ornate trellis above the transept. The layout of the reading tables, which make up the majority of the furniture, retains the geometry of the Latin cross plan.
In order to create small reading lounges in the old sacristies and in a secondary chapel, the architects chose armchairs of different colors and formats. Only a touch more vibrant, the large red chairs placed in the choir are a nod to ecclesiastical robes.
As with the larger project to the entire building, the Reading Room conversion adhered to the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada, and all design decisions were based on deep understanding and appreciation the character of the space. This respect extended to the close relationship that developed between Concordia and the Grey Nuns, who were the first to view the completed Reading Room, and who appreciated the great care that was afforded to their former chapel.
Back to the top
The Grand Theatre
Indian Head, SK
The Grand Theatre is a community-owned, volunteer-run enterprise and multi-entertainment facility and a gathering place for people of all ages in the community of Indian Head. At the time it was built in 1904, it was the only opera house between Winnipeg and Vancouver. The historic building was later turned into a cinema in the 1930s, and was eventually put up for sale in 2012. The small town of Indian Head called on residents to get involved or risk losing their beloved historic cinema, and soon after community members formed a group of volunteers to save the theatre.
Known today as the Indian Head Theatre & Community Arts Inc (IHTCA), IHTCA ran a fundraising campaign that obtained pledges totaling over $100,000 and negotiated a purchase price with the owners. In February 2014, IHTCA became the owner and operators of what the community renamed the “Grand Theatre.”
However, after snow from the winter season melted later that year, there were obvious issues with the building’s roof, causing water to leak inside and risk damaging expensive new movie equipment. The IHTCA strong links with the community proved to be invaluable: the local company Roof Management Inspection Services (RMIS) announced the Grand Theatre was chosen as their “charity of choice” in their “Giving Back” initiative.
From 2015 to 2017, RMIS provided all engineering assistance on roof design and also repaired several portions of the roof. RMIS designed new roof trusses so as to maintain the historic exterior profile and to retain the original tin-tile ceiling structure. IHTCA made a series of grant applications to the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation (SHF) using the RMIS engineering reports, drawings and cost estimates and received almost $100,000 in matching grants. The 6,000 sq. ft. roof was completely replaced or repaired to meet modern codes while respecting heritage standards. Assistance by RMIS and SHF, along with countless hours by volunteers, were key factors in the success of the roof project. The historic building is now saved and incurred no additional debt.
With the roof now secure, the Grand Theatre has become an active and valued community space, housing a local amateur adult drama group as well as the elementary and high school drama clubs, and has become a regional tourist attraction and economic driver. And the engagement with the community continues, as a local architect is providing pro-bono services to develop a conceptual plan for interior renovations based on a 3D digital mapping that was completed last year, and that will be used for presentations to the community and funding agencies.
The project’s greatest success has been in galvanizing the community’s deep attachment for the Grant Theatre – the site of many first dates and first kisses – and translating that into action to save and revitalize the building.
Back to the top
The sanctuary of the former United Church of St. Paul and St. Stephen on Main Street, Kentville NS, was revitalized into the home of the Kentville Library. The renovation project, undertaken between November 2016 and November 2017, was a collaboration between volunteers, library staff, the Town of Kentville, the Friends of the Kentville Library Society, the Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Parsons Investments, and houdinidesign Architects. The grand opening marked a long year of planning and renovations, and allowed not only for an empty space to be occupied, but for the library staff to work in a vibrant, beautiful, and upgraded facility that promotes community and creativity in a safe and welcoming space.
Fundraising efforts to renovate the former United Church began in spring 2016, and the project received a much-needed boost when the Friends of the Kentville Library won the National Trust’s 2016 THIS PLACE MATTERS competition, receiving nearly $100,000 to put towards the new library. Plans for the new library incorporated the views of many stakeholders to ensure the space was carved out for all the potential users of the library. The former choir loft was turned into a glassed-in community space where library programming can take place; community members can book the space and use the built-in audio-visual technology for meetings. A Children’s Area was designed to incorporate a sense of enclosure, to welcome diversity and promote reading and fun for children of all abilities, and a Teen Area that incorporated technology and comfortable seating was developed. The project also included adding more computer stations to increase information accessibility.
The renovation of the heritage building was not without its challenges, such as modifications allowing the building to be accessible. The architectural details of the sanctuary, including the dark fir woodwork and paneling, refinished hardwood floors, stained glass windows and delicate lighting, were all left intact to add a lovely charm to the building and pay homage to its former purpose as a church.
It is the juxtaposition of these architectural details with the sleek modern furniture and colourful elements such as rugs and pillows, the iPads, and the moulded plastic chairs that has drawn new visitors to the library and to downtown Kentville. Visitors come to the library from other communities to enjoy the warmth, beauty, and originality of the space. Library patrons and former church-goers agree that the renovation was done with beauty, function, and respect as clear top priorities.
Back to the top
The New Petrie Building
The unique ornamented metal façade of the Petrie Building has been an iconic presence in downtown Guelph since 1882. One of three remaining Canadian buildings constructed prior to 1890 with full metal façades, it is the only remaining complete example of a building ornamented by machine-stamped zinc plates. For almost 100 years, the metal façade and upper floors suffered from severe neglect, and in 2014 the building was featured on the National Trust’s Top 10 Endangered Places List.
When Tyrcathlen Partners Ltd. purchased the iconic building in 2015, many attempts were made to find a workable plan to revitalize the building, but the restrictions of its dimensions and accommodating modern fire safety and exit requirements made this difficult. Tyrcathlen Partners’ solution was to merge the building with the adjoining 1840’s limestone building to the north, which it acquired in March 2015. Over the past three years the two properties were seamlessly merged into a single building serviced by front and rear exits, modern fire safety systems, new mechanical, electrical and utility feeds, and an elevator making over 95% of the building fully accessible.
The original 1882 galvanized sheet steel and stamped zinc ornamented façade presented a real conservation challenge, as the façade had seen no maintenance for at least 60 years. Students from Willowbank School worked alongside local tradespeople and Empire Restoration (now Ultimate Construction) to undertake the work. The restoration project sought advice from heritage consultants at Allan Killin Architect, and Tacoma Engineers were the structural engineers for the project.
In 2017, Tyrcathlen Partners and the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario entered into a unique joint venture and launched the “Top-Off-the-Petrie” community crowdfunding campaign during the National Trust’s 2017 THIS PLACE MATTERS crowdfunding competition. The partnership was greatly assisted when the project won the Central Region small projects category.
Today, the risks taken on by the Tyrcathlen Partners and their efforts to engage with a broad range of paratners have paid off, as the building is active seven days-a-week from early morning through the evening. It is now a favourite for local photographers both day and night, and houses a small craft brewery & ale house, an advertising agency, a two storey bridal boutique, a software company, a Mediterranean restaurant and a commercial office.
Back to the top
Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Renewal Initiative
As the single largest Public Private Partnership (P3) social housing project in North America, the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Renewal Initiative project by BC Housing involves the renovation and rehabilitation of 13 buildings in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Completed in February 2017, the project’s primary goal was to provide safe, functional, and habitable accommodations to residents of the Downtown Eastside community by renovating and improving all major building systems, giving heavy consideration to the heritage characteristics during the rehabilitation of the buildings.
All 13 buildings date back to the early 1900s, and played a significant role in leading and shaping Vancouver’s downtown area. Throughout the years, the building’s condition significantly deteriorated due to a lack of ongoing maintenance, renewal of building systems, upkeep and facility repairs. The rehabilitation work included interior renovations, layout reconfiguration, exterior rehabilitation, hazardous materials remediation, structural and seismic upgrades, and major building system upgrades.
The SRO Renewal Initiative project preserved each building’s heritage features, which enhanced the historic character of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and supported its renewal. Their original form, mass, and scaling were kept, and original heritage elements that survived through the century were repaired and restored.
The project required collaboration between many different partners including BC Housing (owners of the buildings), several non-profit housing corporations (who operate the buildings under agreements with BC Housing), BC Housing’s Technical Team (that prepared the performance specification), financial advisors from Forum Equity Partners, and the Project Coordinator and Design Team that included McGinn Engineering & Preservation, Merrick Architecture, Morrison Hershfield, Ameresco Canada, and DSG Consulting.
The City of Vancouver and the non-profit organization(s) were heavily consulted for input during the design phase to achieve a safe, functional and operable facility while keeping the heritage requirements intact. The goal of the SRO Renewal Initiative was to not only improve the quality of accommodations for the population considered the hardest to house; but to also drastically improve the overall capital asset, infrastructure, life cycle, and facility maintenance for those operating the buildings.
Back to the top
WE Global Learning Centre (GLC)
The WE Global Learning Centre (GLC) project involved the complete rehabilitation of a century-old building to serve as a state-of-the-art learning hub for youth. The Centre is a social innovation accelerator for young people that provides a platform for shaping the next generation of leaders through programs that foster academic engagement, teach college and workplace readiness skills, and promote long-term civic commitment.
The iconic turquoise-painted building, previously known as the ‘Marty Millionaire’ furniture store, was vacant, creating a large void of activity on the streetscape of Queen Street East. The goal was to uncover the building’s natural beauty and original character by revealing its unique structure in a manner that seamlessly merges modern and historic styles.
Throughout the restoration of the building’s envelope, great caution was employed when returning the brick finish and window sizes back to their original state. The windows, which had been paneled over in many areas, were re-exposed to accommodate new windows reflective of the original character of the building. This maximized the amount of natural light coming in, allowing for a pleasant and bright working environment. The exterior brick was stripped of its many layers of paint to reveal the brickwork underneath and then tinted to mimic the brickwork characteristic of Toronto in the early 1900s.
The Centre’s community hub activities and the project’s rehabilitation of a vacant building have the streetscape, bringing new life and energy.
Key players for the building’s restoration included TriAxis Construction Limited, Kohn Partnership Architects Inc., Philip Goldsmith Heritage Architect, Roof Tile Management, and J.R. Jones Engineering Limited.
Back to the top
Category B: Owners and organizations using historic places or landscapes in ways that illustrate extraordinary resilience, significance, and benefit to a community over a sustained period of time, with a successful track record of 10 years or more.
Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre
Since 1994, the work of the Ancient Echoes Interpretive Centre has been a community labour of love that has protected the rich legacies of the cultural landscape around Herschel, Saskatchewan. A community-based facility, Ancient Echoes interprets, conserves, protects, and promotes the history, the peoples, and the assets of the land forming the Eagle Creek Valley and beyond the Coal Mine Ravine.
The Interpretive Centre began in the fall of 1994, after the closure of the local elementary school, which the Village of Herschel bought from the school division for $1. Since then, countless volunteer hours have protected and interpreted the paleontological, Indigenous, and ecological heritage of the region. Ongoing programs for local school groups, First Nations, and tourists, as well as special events such as prayer circles and locally-produced plays, have drawn visitors from across the country and from the United States. Very much a community-led initiative, the Interpretive Centre has fostered lasting relationships between the municipal government, residents, private landowners, and First Nations. Volunteers include the board members, a taxidermist, a janitor, maintenance staff, guides, fundraisers, and researchers.
The Centre has three key areas of focus: prehistoric era, aboriginal history, and the ecology of the area. The area includes aboriginal historical sites including petroglyphs, which have been designated as a Municipal heritage sites. The Centre hires summer students each year to help deliver its environmental and cultural programming. The people of Herschel and surrounding municipalities have shown resilience and innovation with this incredible interpretive centre.
Back to the top
Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum
The Diefenbunker Museum is a private, not-for-profit charitable museum operating out of a Cold War Bunker turned National Historic Site of Canada. The complex was built to protect key Canadian government and military officials in the event of a nuclear attack and served as Canadian Forces Station Carp until it was decommissioned in 1994. It opened its doors as a volunteer run museum in 1998.
The Diefenbunker is an extraordinary example of how a small organization has managed to achieve truly remarkable results at a challenging historic site. For 20 years, the Diefenbunker Museum has owned and operated North America’s only Cold War underground bunker open to the public. Its innovative programming has pushed the limits of what a historic site can be through new partnerships with commercial enterprises, evocative artistic productions, immersive educational programming, and engaging interpretation programs.
Now attracting over 88,000 visitors per year, the Diefenbunker has continued to strengthen its ties to the local community whose volunteers continue to support its work, and whose businesses benefit from the visibility and visitation of the site. It is a multi-use space that boasts award-winning educational programs, tours and special events. In every program and event they host, the Diefenbunker entwines their unique history with relevant modern themes and continue to attract diverse audiences.
Back to the top
Dr. Robert Shipley
During his more than 30 years of work, Dr. Robert Shipley became widely known as a leading educator, researcher and leader in the field of heritage conservation planning. As a past Director of the Heritage Resource Centre at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Shipley oversaw countless heritage initiatives that built an invaluable body of data and influential research – including research on property values and heritage conservation was ground-breaking and challenged the perception that heritage status results in a negative impact on property values. As an educator, Dr. Shipley inspired enthusiasm in his students, and influenced a new generation of heritage professionals. Through his work, Dr. Shipley has touched the fields of culture, heritage, tourism, and the economic benefits of heritage development. He has helped put heritage conservation on the map as an essential component of progressive urban and regional planning.
Back to the top
Saint John, NB
Joan is a retired school teacher, political activist, naturalist, heritage advocate, genealogist, and volunteer who has been involved in the New Brunswick heritage community for over forty years. Joan was a founding member and the first president of the Saint John Heritage Trust. Her participation and leadership exposed and educated thousands of Saint John residents and business leaders on the benefits of built heritage preservation in the early 1970’s.
In 1980, Joan was appointed to the first Saint John Preservation Review Board which oversaw the creation and administration of Saint John’s first preservation area, Trinity Royal. Joan has also served as a member of the Saint John Planning Advisory Committee, the Community Planning Association, the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, and was a key player in the formation of the Association Museums Built Heritage Association.
Back to the top
Moncton Heritage Conservation Board
When the District Education Council (DEC) requested a complete Master Plan for major upgrades, renovations and /or replacement of Moncton High in September 2007, Moncton’s Heritage Conservation Board (formerly Moncton’s Heritage Preservation Review Board) raised awareness about the significance of the building and the need for public consultation, and maintained that the building could be saved and repurposed.
Thanks to the Board’s tenacity, the former high school will be renovated and repurposed to house non-profit arts and cultural organizations as well as some businesses under an agreement in principle with the Province. The project is expected to generate short-term employment in construction and, once completed, to generate growth in the tourism and arts industries.
About Moncton High School
Known as “the castle” Moncton High School (MHS) is considered to be one of the most important architectural landmarks in downtown Moncton and a symbol of permanence in the city. The cornerstone was laid for this imposing 3-storey sandstone structure in 1934, and its arched bays and massive wood entrance doors have seen thousands of students come and go over the years.
Back to the top
Metepenagiag Heritage Park Inc. and New Brunswick’s Archaeological Services Branch of the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture
In the summer of 2017, Metepenagiag Heritage Park Inc. and New Brunswick’s Archaeological Services Branch of the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture worked together to repatriate over 60,000 artifacts to the community. Formerly conserved by the Province, the artifacts represent a direct link to the community’s history and to the rich cultural heritage of the Mi’kmaq. The artifacts, which include various tools and copper beads, date back 3,000 years. They were discovered in the 1970s on the shores near the community of Red Bank by local historian Joe Mike Augustine.
About Metepenagiag Heritage Park
Metepenagiag Heritage Park is a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Red Bank, NB that tells the story of the Mi’kmaq of Metepenagiag. The Park is home to the Augustine Mound and the Oxbow National Historic Sites – two of the most significant aboriginal heritage archaeological sites in Eastern Canada. The Park is a world-class cultural tourism facility where visitors can learn about the ancient Mi’kmaq culture that has existed at its life source for over 3,000 years – including archaeological finds and historic Mi’kmaq ceramic pottery.
Back to the top
Gabarus Lightkeepers Society
In 2015, Cape Breton’s historic Gabarus Lighthouse – a beloved local landmark – was in real danger of falling into the ocean. The rapidly eroding shoreline meant that less than 10 feet separated the structure from a 30-foot cliff. Already tilting precariously, the lighthouse was pulled back from the brink in November 2015, after the Gabarus Lighthouse Keepers Society – a dedicated group of volunteers – won $50,000 in the National Trust for Canada’s THIS LIGHTHOUSE MATTERS crowdfunding competition. Today, visitors can picnic and walk the grounds, enjoying a view of the lighthouse and the beautiful coastal scenery.
About Gabarus Lighthouse
Gabarus Lighthouse was built in 1890 and is a focal point of its small remote community located on the southeast shore of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia.
Back to the top
Stone Church Restoration Society
Victoria Mines, NS
The Stone Church Restoration Society, formed in 2014, is a not for profit society with the aim of “obtaining the former St. Alphonsus Stone Church in Canada & restoring it to semblance of its former self.”
The church was closed in 2007, and threatened with demolition in 2014, but the Diocese of Antigonish agreed to consider a last-minute proposal from the Stone Church Restoration Society to purchase the church, valued at $43,000, and begin work to stabilize the building. In September 2015, the Diocese accepted the Stone Church Restoration Society’s offer to purchase the church for $40,000. Late last year the church was re-roofed by Canadian troops in Cape Breton for training exercises. The Society is currently raising money to restore it as a wedding chapel and tourist attraction.
About St. Alphonsus Church
Described as one of Cape Breton’s most scenic churches, St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church sits high on a grassy hilltop overlooking the entrance to Sydney harbour. Since its construction in 1916, its twin spires have served as a landmark from both land and sea. Also known as “the Stone Church,” it was erected to replace a previous building lost to fire, and continues to stand watch over the graveyard where members of the parish, formed in 1853, are buried.
Back to the top
Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society
Officially incorporated in 2015, the Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society (NLPS) is a volunteer run, not-for-profit corporation that is dedicated to the restoration, preservation and protection of the historic Nottawasaga Lighthouse.
In the fall of 2016 the NLPS undertook an extraordinary project to stall further degradation of this important Imperial tower until substantial funds could be raised for its eventual restoration. Permission was obtained from the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to wrap the exterior of the structure in a weather resistant material that would shed rain, snow and other moisture thereby preventing further water penetration to the interior. The Society rallied volunteers and attracted the support of local contractors to make this incredible feat possible.
About Nottawasaga Lighthouse
Erected in 1858, the Nottawasaga Lighthouses is one of six Imperial Towers built to light the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. The whitewashed limestone light rises 95 feet above the shore, guiding ships to safety in Collingwood Harbour. It played an important part in the establishment of safe navigation routes along the coastal waters of Lake Huron following the opening of the Bruce Peninsula.
Back to the top
Woodland Cultural Centre
The Woodland Cultural Centre was established in October 1972 under the direction of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians upon the closure of the Mohawk Institute Residential School. The Centre originally began with a focus on collecting research and artifacts to develop its library and museum collections.
In 2013, major roof leaks caused significant and costly damage to the building. The Save The Evidence fundraising campaign was launched in response, and it is now raising the necessary funds for ongoing repairs and renovations to ensure the physical evidence of the dark history of Residential Schools in Canada is never forgotten.
About the Mohawk Institute/Woodland Cultural Centre
As one of only a handful of residential school buildings still standing in Canada, the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School is a physical reminder of the legacy of assimilation imposed upon First Nations children in Canada. More than 15,000 people visit the Mohawk Institute, as part of the Woodland Cultural Centre, every year. Visitors come to see not only what was once the longest-running residential school in Canada, but to experience the stories the building holds.
Back to the top
Glenaladale Heritage Trust
When the historic Glenaladale Estate was put up for sale, volunteers at the Glenaladale Heritage Trust were determined to prevent its loss to inappropriate development. They developed an ambitious plan to transform the original house and schoolhouse into a vibrant arts and cultural space that welcomes visitors of all ages and to use the Estate’s substantial acreage for organic garden plots and traditional farming. They went on to win $15,000 during the National Trust’s 2017 THIS PLACE MATTERS competition, and in 2018 secured substantial federal grants and provincial loan guarantees that allowed them to take ownership. Glenaladale’s future is bright!
About Glenaladale Estate
Glenaladale was established in 1772 by Captain John MacDonald, 8th Laird of Glenaladale and 7th Laird of Glenfinnan, Scotland. Captain John is designated as a person of historical significance as is his grandson, the tobacco magnate and educational philanthropist Sir William Christopher MacDonald. The property consists of an 1883 three story brick house, out buildings and 529 acres with 2000 feet of shore line on Tracadie Bay.
Back to the top
Yukon First Nations Heritage Group
Earlier this year, the Yukon First Nations Heritage Group released the 2018 Guide to Heritage Stewardship for Yukon First Nation Governments. Developed between 2014 and 2018, the stewardship guide includes input, participation and verification by Yukon First Nations Heritage representatives, including Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, First Nation of Na Cho Nyäk Dun, Kluane First Nation, Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, Selkirk First Nation, Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, Teslin Tlingit Council, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and Vuntut Gwitchin Government.
It was recognized that sharing stories, information and expertise gathered over the years would enrich this unique and integral field. The Stewardship Guide is meant to be a living document that can be changed and added to as the First Nations Heritage stewardship field develops and grows.
Back to the top