Management plan implementation update
Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site
Management plans identify the long-term strategic direction and vision for Parks Canada places. Plans provide a framework for site management, aligning with the Agency’s mandate, vision and strategic outcomes. Management plans are guiding documents for decision-making and planning.
This annual update serves as a progress report to partners, stakeholders, and the public outlining our work in implementing the key strategies from the management plan over the last year.
Key Strategy 1: From Remote Outpost to ‘Must See’ Attraction
This strategy focuses on raising the profile of Fort St. Joseph by expanding reach.
- Started work on a Visitor Experience Strategy and promotion plan for the site. Held a well-attended stakeholder workshop in October to draft an Essence of Destination Statement and help gather information to assist in future goal setting.
- Continued to improve local and regional outreach efforts by attending five community/regional events
- The fort’s website saw 1,900 new users this year and engagement on our social media channels was up 49%!
Key Strategy 2: Creating 21st Century Alliances and New Fort Experiences
The intent of this strategy is to strengthen relationships and diversify visitor experience opportunities at the site.
- Continued to work with Métis partners on special events and began to establish relationships with several regional First Nations
- Explored potential new partnerships with local and regional organizations and attractions
- 23 amazing volunteers dedicated 283 hours in 2019! Some volunteers also participated in a Historic Weapons Demonstrator course held at the fort in May, which will enable them to assist in future black powder programming.
- Completed new Xplorers booklet with engaging activities for children ages 6-11
- Began daily ‘Heritage Demonstrations’ to bring interpretation of history alive and lay the groundwork for future programming.
Key Strategy 3: Preserving the Past and Sustaining the Future
This strategy aims to conserve and maintain cultural resources and contemporary assets.
- Continued to work on deferred maintenance tasks in storage compound
- Began to explore opportunities for archaeological programming at the fort.
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