National Trust for Canada Announces UNESCO Participation for Canada Historic Places Day

For the third annual day of celebration, Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and Pimachiowin Aki, will celebrate Canada Historic Places Day.

The National Trust for Canada is a national charity that leads action to raise awareness for historic places at risk. The charity directs funding to communities renewing historic places, and offers support and tools to volunteers, and community organizations.

On July 6th, Canadians coast-to-coast are encouraged to visit local heritage places to learn about Canada’s historical culture during a nation-wide day of activities.

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“We are delighted to offer so many rich experiences for Canadians in the 2019 Canada Historic Places day and we are especially thrilled to incorporate the heritage of Canada’s Indigenous communities, given that it is the first International Year of Indigenous Languages,” said Alison Faulknor, Director of New Initiatives at the National Trust for Canada.

Also among new registers this year are:

  • Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre, Ontario
  • Brockville Railway Tunnel, Ontario
  • James J. O’Mara Pharmacy Museum, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Historic Joy Kogawa House, Alberta
  • Regina Government House, Saskatchewan

These sites will join more than 500 other Canadian historic places, including over 200 National Historic Sites, across the country.

Canadians will also have the opportunity to visit places at or near all nine of Canada’s cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

“Historic sites and heritage attractions across the country tell our story better than any textbook,” said Natalie Bull, Executive Director at the National Trust for Canada. “Canada Historic Places Day is a great opportunity for sites of all types and sizes to share their story, and for Canadians to get out and enjoy.”

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