Phase Two of Fortress of Louisbourg Flood Protection Kicks Off

The Phase Two of an important flood protection project at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site is now officially underway, Parks Canada Agency said in their latest announcement. 

Image source: Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site

This federal infrastructure investment project was highlighted yesterday by Rodger Cuzner, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and Member of Parliament for Cape Breton–Canso, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna.

This work will help protect and preserve an important part of Canada’s history that is threatened by sea level rise and coastal erosion.

Due to climate change, sea level rise combined with increasing storm intensity and frequency are elevating flood potential. To protect the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site, the height of the Quay Wall will be raised by one meter.

In addition, reinforcement and overall restorative work will be conducted on the wall.

The Phase One of the project involved rehabilitating Barrier Beach, which was completed in March 2018.

Phase two of the work to the Quay Wall will be done in three parts, working in sections over the course of the next several months. Work is beginning at the east end of the quay, with this work coming to completion in December 2018. Work at the west end of the Quay Wall will begin in January 2019 and continue until June 2019.

The final stage is the middle portion which work will begin in September 2019 and be completed in March 2020.

As part of the federal infrastructure investment program, the Government of Canada is investing $9.2 million in the flood protection project, which was announced in August 2016. This project is part of the larger $66 million in funding previously announced for various infrastructure projects at Parks Canada places across Cape Breton Island.