By National Trust for Canada Staff
With Canada Day and the 150th anniversary of Confederation around the corner, the National Trust for Canada staff reflect on places that say “Canada” and matter to them – from childhood reminiscing to newfound appreciations we feel as adults today.
Staff Pick #1: Emily Boulet, Development Officer
Market Square (Kingston, Ontario)
When I lived in Kingston, I frequently visited this bustling marketplace and Heritage Conservation District. I always enjoyed the variety of activities, from shopping and skating to learning about Kingston’s rich heritage – there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Staff Pick #2: Natalie Bull, Executive Director
McAdam Railway Station and Hotel (McAdam, New Brunswick)
Growing up in rural New Brunswick, this extraordinary stone structure was my gateway to the rest of Canada: just a short drive through the woods and there it was, a massive masonry structure stretching as far as the eye could see, where you could board a train to Montreal, Toronto and points west. Commissioned by the CPR’s Van Horne, the station was an important railway hub for both world wars. Today, trains are few and far between but the station is still bustling thanks to an amazing group of volunteers. I’ll be there for “railway pie” later this summer!
Staff Pick #3: Alison Faulknor, Director of New Initiatives
Ancaster Old Town Hall (Ancaster, Ontario)
A local landmark in my hometown of Ancaster, this will always be a place that matters to me. When I was young it no longer served as a civic building, but rather a community space. I took ballet there with Ms. Love and I can still hear the crackle of music on the recorder over the creak of the wide-plank floorboards. Perfection!
Staff Pick #4: Katrina Guerin, Manager of Communications
Peterborough Lift Lock (Peterborough, Ontario)
Once the highest lift lock in the world (1904), Lock 21 – Peterborough Lift Lock is much more than an engineering marvel to me. My parents and I drove from Ottawa several times a year to visit my grandparents who lived in East City. The Lift Lock was a sight that meant to me we had arrived and we’d soon be sitting on the veranda listening to stories of my Irish ancestors who long ago settled in the area.
Staff Pick #5: Sonja Kruitwagen, Manager of Marketing and Digital Strategy
Ottawa Rideau Canal (Ottawa, Ontario)
Last Winterlude in Ottawa, I was able to try ice dragon boating for the first time with a team of 12 other Canadian women. This ability to have fun in the winter, enjoy the cold and the sunshine, while reflecting another country’s culture is quintessentially Canadian to me.
Staff Pick #6: Julie Normandeau, Manager of Sites and Partnerships
Dalvay by the Sea (Dalvay, PEI)
Dalvay by the Sea is a truly Canadian place. Not only because it was The White Sands Hotel in the Road to Avonlea series, but because it has some amazing Canadian features as well. I remember it as the place where my family would go for “fancy meals” during the holidays when we lived on the Island.
Staff Pick #7: Robert Pajot, Project Leader for Regeneration
The Mont Royal (Montreal, Quebec)
The Mont Royal is indelibly inked into the memory of anyone who has lived in, or even visited Montreal. This rich cultural landscape is a pole of attraction for lovers that stroll along its paths, for selfie-loving tourists at its lookouts, and grieving families at its extensive cemeteries. It remains a silent witness to the 375 years of European settlement at its feet, and its uniqueness may soon be recognized by its inclusion on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
Staff Pick #8: Kevin Parker, Program Officer
Bon Echo Provincial Park (Cloyne, Ontario)
Located in Southeastern Ontario about halfway between Ottawa and Toronto, Bon Echo is a stunning provincial park rich with Indigenous, natural and built heritage. My family and I would vacation here every summer growing up, spending our time camping, hiking, and learning about the local history of the park.
Staff Pick #9: Chris Wiebe, Manager of Heritage Policy and Public Programs
Princess Theatre (Edmonton, Alberta)
When I was in high school and university in the 1980s, I got my film education in this wonderful, historic art house cinema which is at the heart of Edmonton’s Old Strathcona. Each time, before the curtains rolled aside, I would stare up at the painting on the front wall depicting an Aegean seaside, complete with classical women holding lyres, a distant white temple, and a gleaming galleon. The films and the old theatre itself blurred together – a dream within a dream.