A new management plan for the UNESCO World Heritage Site Rideau Canal, already long overdue, will be delayed another year, Parks Canada says.
In a Dec. 15 letter addressed to “Rideau Canal Confrères,” John Festarini, Parks Canada’s associate director of Ontario Waterways, revealed that the target completion date for the plan has been pushed back to March 2018 from March 2017.
In the letter, Festarini says Parks Canada received considerable feedback during public information sessions about the new management plan this past summer, “including a desire for stakeholders to have more occasions to be engaged and provide comment.”
In light of that, Parks Canada will present a draft version of the management plan at open houses in communities along the canal during the 2017 navigation season to get further comment.
The current management plan for the canal dates from 2005 and was originally to have been updated in 2010.