Canada’s top 10 most endangered historic places named


OTTAWA, Canada – The National Trust for Canada has today released its Top 10 Endangered Places List. Every year, the National Trust publishes the List as part of its mission to raise awareness of the value that historic places bring to quality of life, local identity and cultural vitality.

The Top 10 Endangered Places List is compiled from nominations received as well as from news items the National Trust has been following throughout the year. The 2016 list includes:

• Canada’s Wooden Grain Elevators – Rural icons vanishing from the landscape.

• Vancouver’s Chinatown, Vancouver, BC – Development wave crushes culturally unique neighborhood.

• Former Royal Alberta Museum, Edmonton, AB – Modernist gem under threat.

• Spaca Moskalyk Ukrainian Catholic Church, Lamont County, AB – Marker of Ukrainian heritage could be lost.

• Saskatchewan’s Prairie Grasslands, SK –A storied landscape of natural and cultural value at risk.

• Nottawasaga Lighthouse, Collingwood, ON – Imperial Tower crumbling into the bay.

• Gibson Isolation Hospital, Belleville, ON – Tearing down a piece Deaf heritage for parking spaces.

• Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Penitentiary National Historic Site, Laval, QC – Historic federal penitentiary wasting away.

• St. Stephen Post Office National Historic Site, St. Stephen, NB – A National Historic Site being demolished by neglect.

• Harbour Grace Court House National Historic Site, Harbour Grace, NL – Handsome colonial treasure deserves a fair trial.

First published in 2005, the Top 10 Endangered Places List has become a powerful tool in the fight to make landmarks, not landfill.

The National Trust believes that historic places are cornerstones of identity, community and sense of place, yet every year, more are lost due to neglect, lack of funding, inappropriate development and weak legislation.

By shining a spotlight on places at risk, the Top 10 Endangered Places List raises awareness about their plight and bolsters the efforts of local advocates working to save them.