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    What role does Parks Canada play in the management of national historic sites?

    Parks Canada manages one of the most extensive networks of protected heritage and natural places in the world. The mandate of the Parks Canada Agency is to protect and present these places for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

    Why does the national historic site have a management plan and what does it do?

    Parks Canada requires each national historic site they administer to have a management plan. The management plan sets the vision and strategic direction for the site for the next ten years. It outlines specific objectives and actions to achieve this vision and direction in three key areas: cultural resource protection, education and visitor experience.

    Why is Rocky Mountain House National HIstoric Site Important?

    The area of the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site was an important gathering place for Indigenous nations for many generations. For this reason, it was identified as a strategic location for the Hudson’s Bay and North West companies to build and manage fur trade posts for much of the 19th century. In addition, David Thompson - the celebrated explorer, trader and surveyor – used it as a base of explorations through the Rocky Mountains. The area contains archeological sites from pre-contact Indigenous nations and the trading posts.

    What will be included in the new plan?

    For Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, the new management plan proposes to focus on the following three key strategies:

    1. employing an integrated approach to protect and manage archeological sites, viewscapes, natural landscape features and contemporary assets;

    2. strengthening relationships with Métis and First Nations Peoples and organizations; and

    3. enriching and creating new visitor experiences.

    Why should I comment on the draft plan?

    A key component in the development of any management plan is getting the views of interested Indigenous nations, key stakeholders and Canadians. It is only through public involvement that Parks Canada can ensure that the future direction of the site reflects the perspectives and aspirations of the people it is held in trust for.

    What will happen to my comments?

    At the close of the public comment period, Parks Canada will carefully review and analyze all feedback received. The information gathered in the engagement process will be used to refine the plans prior to final approval and tabling in parliament.

    A ‘What We Heard’ document will be created that summarizes public input and how this input impacted the plan. The ‘What We Heard’ document will be posted on the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site website.

    How can I get more information or comment on the plan?

    Parks Canada is inviting comments on the draft management plan from August 20th to October 26th, 2018. The draft plan and additional information on the national historic site and public review process can be found at The website also provides an opportunity to comment on the plan. Additional comments can be submitted to or

    Tracey LeBlanc

    Integrated Land Use, Policy and Planning         

    Parks Canada

    101 Mountain Avenue, Box 900

    Banff AB, T1L 1K2