Management plan implementation update

Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site

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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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