Government of Canada Recognizes Historical Significance of Cataraqui Cemetery

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The Honourable Peter Kent, Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced the designation of national historically significance to four communities in Canada.

These new designations include recognition of the Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston as the final resting place of many prominent political, economic and social leaders, including Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. MacDonald.

“I am pleased that we are recognizing the special role these communities have played in Canada’s history,” said Minister Kent. “These designations remind us how the story of Canada has a wide variety of characters and places, each interesting and critical to our development as a nation. I encourage all Canadians to learn more about these places and our country’s history.”


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Other designations recognized in the announcement are: the founding of the first youth hostel in North America in Bragg Creek, Alberta; the role of architecture in the development of Westmount, Quebec, one of Canada’s iconic neighbourhoods; and the consequences of the tragic deportations of Acadian inhabitants of Île Saint-Jean (now Prince Edward Island) in 1758.

“Today’s designations serve to remind us that Canada’s communities all contribute to the many stories that made Canada,” said the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec.

Established in 1919, and supported by Parks Canada, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Minister of the Environment about the national historic significance of places, people and events. Parks Canada manages a national network of historic sites, which together make up a mosaic depicting the rich cultural heritage of Canada and allow visitors to make real and inspiring discoveries.

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Photo source: Cataraqui Cemetery website