In 1990, the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act became law. It allows the Parks Canada Agency to protect Canada’s old train stations. This is helpful for tourism and preserving the country’s nostalgic scenery. It also:
Helps designate sites as heritage buildings;
Allows the public to contribute ideas or object to construction;
Prevents railway companies from demolishing or selling heritage railway stations;
Requires that the companies who wish to alter these buildings, in any way, notify the public of their plans. That way, nothing is done without community approval.
Community members play an essential role in preserving Canada’s railway history. Being involved with regional and municipal developments is a great way of protecting Ontario’s beautiful railway landscapes. You can help preserve these stations by volunteering at local stations, where you can become a guide, coordinator, engineer, or even a passenger service manager like our survey participant Rob!
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