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Heritage At Risk
Like a canary in a coal mine, Jones Falls serves warning for the entire Rideau Canal about the lack of attention being paid to heritage. At Jones Falls we see many examples, both in the physical structures and the interpretation of the site. The canary isn't dead yet - but it's on life support.
Temporary Gate and Quoin Repairs
Great Stone Arch Dam
Sweeney House Viewscape
More Viewpoints Obscured
Heritage Interpretation Lost
More and More
I could go on, but I'll stop here. Given Parks Canada's mandate to look after Canadian heritage it is shameful to see the state that lockstations such as Jones Falls have fallen into. It begs the question - why doesn't Parks Canada care about the heritage presentation of sites such as Jones Falls?
Oh, one more thing - it should be noted that Jones Falls isn't the only place with issues, the photo below was taken in June, 2012, of the lovely yellow warning tape keeping people away from the crumbling wall at Chaffeys Lock: