Submitted by Michael Whittaker
John LeVatte, with Engagement, Partnering and Communications at Parks Canada, will discuss the agency’s outreach to communities along the Rideau Canal in advance of Canada 150 at the Merrickville and District Society public meeting on Tuesday, November 29, at 7 pm at the Merrickville Legion.
Mr. LeVatte will review the efforts to rebuild the physical infrastructure, and advance the relationships with stakeholders and the public along the waterway.
“Parks Canada is talking with businesses, marina operators and municipalities about mooring and related issues, to get a sense of what is in place, to hear directly from them about what’s working, what’s not, and how we can work together to ensure the Canal continues to be a world-class attraction,” said Mr. LeVatte. “I want to make sure we do not forget our heritage, but I also think the system needs to reflect 21st-Century thinking.”
Parks Canada is looking at creating cycling and paddling apps to attract more visitors to the Rideau Canal and the rich heritage of the communities along the water.
Mr. LeVatte’s presentation will be preceded by the brief annual meeting of the Merrickville and District Society.