Parks Canada

Posted at 12:55 pm on December 27, 2017

An Inverness County construction company has been awarded a contract by Parks Canada for work at Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Site. The contract to Zutphen Contractors is worth $2 million. The tender is to deal with erosion at the barrier beach adjacent to the fortress. The work includes beach nourishment, which is adding large quantities of sand or sediment to combat erosion and increase beach width.

The work will also consist of Rock Groyne Construction. These are rock formations, built out from the shore to combat erosion by limiting water flow and the movement of sediment.

Work is expected to be completed at the end of March.

Posted at 6:49 am on October 18, 2017

Parks Canada is looking for an artist to live and work 4 to 6 weeks in Cape Breton Highlands National Park this fall.  In collaboration with the Cape Breton Centre

Warren Lake at Cape Breton Highlands National Park (from the Parks Canada web site)

for Craft and Design, the federal agency is bringing an artist in residence program to the National Park.   It’s an opportunity to develop new projects or to work on existing ones within quiet, natural surroundings.  The artist will also share their work and the artistic process with local residents and visitors to the park.

It is open to Canadian and international professional artists working in any medium with an established exhibition history.  The artist selected will live and work in a three bedroom house in Ingonish during the residency.
Artists interested in the position can find more details by following this link:

Posted at 6:43 am on October 11, 2017

Parks Canada officials are pleased with efforts to restore the boreal forest to part of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  It includes planting more than 57,000 seedlings along the Skyline Trail.  Parks Canada calls its initiative Bring Back the Boreal Project.  Derek Quann, the project leader, says parts of the park have faced particular challenges in recent decades.
Part of the project includes protective fencing around the seedlings, and monitoring to determine which trees and planting methods result in the best tree growth.  A video highlighting the work so far has been produced. It can be found on YouTube and the Bring Back the Boreal project web site.  A link to the web site can be found here:

Posted at 1:04 pm on September 26, 2017

It’s being called the formalization of a decade-long relationship in sharing and preserving Acadian History and Culture in the Cheticamp area.  Parks Canada and La

Left to right, Maria O’Hearn, External Relations Manager, Parks Canada Cape Breton; Joseph Henri Poirier, President, La Société Saint-Pierre; Éric Le Bel, Superintendent, Cape Breton Highlands National Park; and Lisette Aucoin-Bourgeois, Executive Director, La Société Saint-Pierre.

Société Saint-Pierre signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding in Cheticamp.  The agreement was signed Monday at the historical society’s annual general meeting, marking its 70th anniversary.

The society’s executive-director, Lisette Aucoin-Bourgeois says they’re currently working with Parks Canada on a couple of projects.
Aucoin-Bourgeois says with a new campground due to open in 2019 in the park where Acadians used to live, it’s working with Parks Canada to recognize that.

Posted at 12:56 pm on July 14, 2017

A Port Hood contractor has won a tender in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  The $1.15 million contract  to Zutphen Contractors Incorporated is for stabilization of rock cuts along North Mountain.  It is the third of a multi-phase project by Parks Canada to stabilize rock slopes along the Cabot Trail.
Zutphen Contractors will be operating under a tight time line.   Parks Canada says work must be completed by August 11th.