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dc.contributor.authorAdams, Anne
dc.descriptionIn 1979, Louis Cahill of the Ontario Editorial Bureau established Welland Canal 150th Anniversary Inc. to commemorate the opening of the first canal. The region and local municipalities banded together to promote the Welland Canals. After the celebrations, the Welland Canals Foundation was formed as a successor to the 150th Anniversary. This was a private group who worked in conjunction with the Seaway Authority. Private initiatives included the 1977 formation of the Welland Canals Preservation Association (WCPA) which was a citizen’s group. The Welland Canals Preservation Association was established in 1978 as a non-profit charitable organization. The goals of this organization were: to preserve the remnants of the Old Welland Canals, to increase public awareness of the old canals and to encourage development of the potential of these lands through an historic network which would beautify the land and provide residents with recreational facilities. The association was successful in building a 28 mile hiking and biking trail from Port Dalhousie and Port Colborne; the building of parking lots at Oakdale, Westchester and Glendale Avenues; the creation of signage and brochures to advertise the trails and local history; the building of a pavilion at Lock 7 Park in Port Colborne and a grandstand in Dain City and the development of a park at the south end of the canal in Port Colborne. The association also undertook the Lock 24 archaeological dig and related park development; renovation of the Knife works (formerly the Belmar Welding building) and providing and storing of a tourist information booth for the St. Catharines Chamber of Commerce. In 1988 the group worked alongside the Regional Municipality of Niagara and the municipalities to link canal communities. The Welland Canals Preservation Association cleared debris and partially restored Lock 1 of the Second Canal at Port Dalhousie. This was a community-service project which was done in conjunction with the Correctional Institute in Thorold.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe textual material of the Welland Canals Preservation Association consists of administrative records, clippings and awards that document the activities of this association. Also included are:1 trophy, 1 plaque, 18 slides, 9 photos and 5 videotapes.en_US
dc.subjectWelland Canals -- Welland Canals Preservation Association -- Rubber Works building -- Knife Works building -- Merritton -- Mountain Locks Park -- Merritt Trail -- Charles Fell Nature Trailen_US
dc.titleWelland Canals Preservation Association Fonds, 1977-1990, n.d.en_US

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