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... A County Revisited !

Smoky Lake County is committed to identifying and preserving its vast and rich historic and heritage assets through various policies and programs. Indeed, Smoky Lake County is home to numerous Provincial and Municipal Historic Resources, as well as the Victoria District National Historic Site of Canada. Each of these buildings and sites are important to the fabric and history of Smoky Lake County and area.

•   Smoky Lake Regional Heritage Board (Bylaw 1236-11)

Working along with the Victoria Home Guard Society, the Smoky Lake Regional Heritage Board (SLRHB) has been created:

  1. To manage aspects of the survey, identification, evaluation, designation, preservation, restoration, planning, financing and development of the heritage of Smoky Lake County.
  2. To Advise Smoky Lake County Council on all policy and regulatory matters relating to the heritage and heritage resources of the County.
  3. To stimulate in the general public an appreciation and knowledge of heritage and heritage activities, and encourage, promote, and advocate for the preservation and safeguarding of the integrity of landscape heritage, ecological heritage, cultural heritage events, and build heritage in Smoky Lake County.

For more information on the Board's activities or to obtain information regarding Municipal Historic Resource Designation, please contact Noreen Easterbrook at 780-656-2114 or eastklym@mcsnet.ca

Heritage Management Plan (Policy 61.20.01)

The purpose of the Smoky Lake Region Heritage Management Plan is to provide a useful and proactive framework to encourage and facilitate heritage conservation activities in the Smoky Lake Region. The Plan is to serve as a guide for future initiatives for the identification, stewardship and management of heritage resources within the Region.

Designation of Municipal Historic Resources (Policy 61.15.01)

The purpose of the Smoky Lake Region Heritage Management Plan is to provide a useful and proactive framework to encourage and facilitate heritage conservation activities in the Smoky Lake Region. The Plan is to serve as a guide for future initiatives for the identification, stewardship and management of heritage resources within the Region.

Owners of historic places that are listed in the Smoky Lake Region Inventory of Historic Places are encouraged to apply for Municipal Historic Resource Designation. All applications for Designation are to be submitted to the Smoky Lake County Regional Heritage Board.

Smoky Lake Region Heritage Survey and Inventory Project

In 2009, Smoky Lake County, in cooperation with the Town of Smoky Lake and the Villages of Waskatenau and Vilna, embarked on an ambitious project to identify and catalogue the heritage assets in the region and provide a management framework for the preservation of these resources.

The first step of this process was to survey these assets and create The Smoky Lake Region Survey of Historic Places to be further studied as the process evolved. Further evaluation of the Places of Interest identified a total of 93 sites that would have draft Statements of Significance prepared for them detailing the character-defining elements of the historic resource that are to be preserved.

The resulting document, The Smoky Lake Region Inventory of Historic Places consolidates these Statements of Significance into one document. Once a historic resource is placed on the Smoky Lake Region Inventory of Historic Places, it becomes eligible for designation as a Provincially designated Municipal Historic Resource, at which time it may qualify for grant funding.

Victoria District

Victoria District Area Structure Plan (Bylaw 1305-17)
The purpose of the Victoria District Area Structure Plan (ASP) is to guide growth and development within the Plan area. New development with this Victoria District ASP shall complement (and, where possible, enhance) the natural beauty and historically significant features of the local landscape.

Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC) Report: 2010-CED-SDC-04

This document is a prepared consolidation of the Minutes of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada pertaining to deliberations regarding the Victoria District.

Victoria District National Historic Site of Canada Commemorative Statement of Integrity (2008)

The Commemorative Integrity Statement guides site management by identifying what is most important about a site relative to the national historic designation and, for Parks Canada sites, ensuring that matters relating to national significance, including resources and messaging, are the highest management priority.

Survey and Inventory of the Victoria District National Historic Site 2009 This document provides a baseline of knowledge of the Victoria District. The main objectives of this Survey and Inventory of Historical Assets within the Victoria District were:

LISTING OF HISTORIC RESOURCES IN SMOKY LAKE COUNTY (Current to July 5, 2019)

Victoria District National Historic Site of Canada

• For more information, please visit
https://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/dfhd/page_nhs_eng.aspx?id=1960

Provincial Historic Resources:

For more information , please visit the Alberta Register of Historic Places.

For more information, and to visit the Victoria Settlement, please visit: https://victoriasettlement.ca/

Municipal Historic Resources

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