Management planning

Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site

What is a management plan?

A management plan is a strategic guide required by legislation and approved by the Minister. It is the primary accountability document for national parks and historic sites administered by Parks Canada and looks forward 10 to 15 years.

A management plan

  • is strategic in nature, based on a long-term vision,
  • ensures transparency,
  • guides management decisions and actions at a Parks Canada administered place,
  • serves as a key public accountability document for that place, and
  • is developed through extensive consultation and input from various people and organizations, including Indigenous Peoples, community members, visitors and the public.

Consultation and public engagement

Parks Canada completed a formal consultation process with the Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island and sought public input to create the new Management Plan for Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site.

Consulting with Canadians was the platform used for a nation-wide consultation process, inviting partners, stakeholders, and the public to provide input on the draft management plan. Click here for a report on what we heard.

Management Plan

The Management Plan sets clear strategic direction for the management and operation of Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site by articulating a vision, key strategies, and objectives.

Parks Canada will report on progress toward achieving the plan objectives and will review the plan every ten years or sooner, if required.

It’s here! The Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site Management Plan, 2023.

For more information on Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site, please visit our website or contact us by email at


Pjila’si… Bienvenue… Welcome to Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site

located in Rocky Point, Prince Edward Island.

Parks Canada is proud to be a steward of this important historic place

and we’re looking for your input and ideas to help shape its future.

This place has many important stories to tell us.

“My first time when I arrived here, when we built the wigwam,

I felt a lot of presence of my ancestors here, and the stories of them making their wigwams here,

in between here and Rocky Point.”

This area of Epekwitk, as Prince Edward Island is known

in the Mi’kmaq language,

has long been an important part of Mi’kma’ki,

the traditional and unceded Mi’kmaq territory.

In 1720, the French established the first European

settlement on the Island here.

Called Port-la-Joye, it was the capital of the colony

colony of Ile St Jean. From 1726

through the 1740s, Mi'kmaq and French leaders met here, nearly every year,

for meetings and ceremonies to renew

and strengthen their alliance

and friendship.

“Port-la-Joye is important because it represents, on the one hand, the colonization of the island,

and the arrival of the French and Acadians to Prince Edward Island.

One of the biggest and most well-known families on the island are the Gallants.

Their ancestor, Michel Hache dit Gallant was the first colonist to settle in Port-la-Joye,

so as a result, this place is very important for Acadian history.”

This was the site of battles in the vast French-British struggle for dominance

in North America. Immediately following British take-over,

a dozen ships departed from this site carrying the majority of the French and

Acadian inhabitants living on the Island into exile in the tragic

deportation of 1758.

Renamed Fort Amherst, this property saw the beginnings of British systems of laws

and settlement which helped shape the future of Prince Edward Island.

“Looking at Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst, it’s a site with a lot of history. It’s got very sad moments,

very happy moments, and important transitional moments as we move from one period to another period,

and I think we want to retain familiarity with all of that history, the good as well

as the bad, so that we can learn from it.

Today, Skmaqn--Port-la-Joye--Fort Amherst offers superb views

of the surrounding countryside and Charlottetown Harbour.

Visitors can walk the trails,

enjoy a picnic,

and take in the history of the site.

When you look over the green, sloping grounds toward the harbour, you can still see remnants of the land’s dramatic past.

Parks Canada is working closely

with Mi’kmaq partners as well as

Acadian and British cultural stakeholders

to capture the complexity and importance

of this historic location.

We have begun work on a management plan to guide our actions over the next 10 years

and we want to hear from you. This is the chance for everyone to

share their ideas for

Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site.

What activities or events bring you to the

or would bring you more often?

What is your connection to this place?

What opportunities can you identify to make the

site a better-known place? Express your interest, share your ideas,

and ask your questions - take a moment and visit us online or contact us by email.

We are listening!

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