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August 29, 2007 17:30 ET

Canada's New Government Takes Steps to Safeguard Cathcart Tower at the Kingston Fortifications National Historic Site of Canada

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 29, 2007) - Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville, on behalf of the Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced a contract award to stabilize Cathcart Tower. The historic Martello tower is located on Cedar Island, within St. Lawrence Islands National Park, and is part of the Kingston Fortifications National Historic Site that also includes: Shoal Tower, Murney Tower, Fort Frederick, and Fort Henry.

"By stabilizing Cathcart Tower, we are protecting an important element of this magnificent heritage group," said M.P. Brown. "This will ensure we tell the story of the fortifications to future generations."

As part of its long-term plan to stabilize and safeguard the important built heritage of Eastern Ontario, the Government of Canada awarded the competitive contract of more than $1,4 million to Colonial Building Restoration from Toronto, Ontario. The contract, awarded through Public Works and Government Services Canada, includes masonry re-pointing, stone repairs and reconstruction of the tower roof. Work will begin this summer and be completed over two construction seasons. During the construction work, the worksite will be fenced off; however, the docks on Cedar Island will continue to be available to boaters.

The Kingston fortifications were built to safeguard the British naval establishment on Lake Ontario during the turbulent times of our country's formative years, and to protect the entrance to the newly-constructed Rideau Canal. The limestone tower, built between 1846 and 1848, is 11 metres high and 16.5 metres in diameter. This stabilization project will ensure that Cathcart Tower remains a part of the Kingston fortifications for generations to come.

Cathcart Tower is part of the recent designation of the Rideau Canal, Fort Henry and the Kingston Fortifications as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These heritage sites are major tourist attractions in Eastern Ontario and an important part of local pride and prosperity.

Parks Canada's mandate for heritage conservation will ensure Canada's cultural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future.

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Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Bellevue House National Historic Site of Canada
    John Coleman
    Operations Manager
    613-545-8666 ext. 106
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    A/Manager, Ontario Communications