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Rideau Canal Marks 10 Years as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Published By: Jonathan Lee

This year marks 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. Deemed to represent a significant stage in human history by the World Heritage Committee, the 202 km-long Rideau Canal was inscribed as a World Heritage site on July 2, 2007.

“As a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Rideau Canal represents one of the world’s most outstanding achievements,” says 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 large strategic canal originally 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.

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 $100 million in investments to protect and preserve the Rideau Canal.

Canada is home to 18 sites currently inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.