One half at a time, Ottawa River gets heritage status
Ottawa Citizen

By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, August 21, 2017

The Quebec side of the Ottawa River is finally just as historic as the Ontario side — but the new status doesn’t bring any new form of automatic protection.

The designation by Quebec Monday celebrates the river’s history as a superhighway and focus of human settlement in the thousands of years before roads.

It is one of North America’s most important flyways, providing habitat to more than 300 species of birds, and sustains more than 80 species at risk.

(...)Catherine McKenna, minister for Parks Canada, added in a statement: “Preserving the Ottawa River for swimming, drinking and fishing is key to the vision of Ottawa as the greenest capital in the world.”

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