Parks Canada has initiated the work to create a Marine Access Development Plan for the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area. This important planning document, along with the Visitor Experience Strategy, Interim Management Plan and other guiding documents developed in collaboration with partners and stakeholders in recent years, will help inform Parks Canada’s capital investment strategy for the national marine conservation area over the next 15-20 years.
The contract to complete this work was awarded to CIMA Consulting through a competitive bidding process. From July 23rd to August 3rd, 2018, CIMA Consulting representatives will be conducting a visit to the region to assess 26 sites, listed below, that have been identified by Parks Canada and its partners and stakeholders as areas of interest to consider in the Marine Access Development Plan. The CIMA Consulting team consists of representatives from the following companies: CSW Landscape Architects, Coldwater Consulting and Tulloch Engineering.
Following the initial assessment, stakeholder engagement sessions will be held in August and early fall. These sessions will help CIMA Consulting and Parks Canada understand the relevance of these places to local businesses and communities, including Indigenous partners, so that they may further assess their potential as access points for visitor experience opportunities and Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area’s operational requirements.
If you have questions about the Marine Access Development Plan contact Cory.Gaudet@pc.gc.ca, 807-346-2909 or Stephen.Dicks@pc.gc.ca 807-887-5468
Related: Job Position Currently Being Advertised by Parks Canada for Work in the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area – Resource Management Officer Two
Sites Identified For Initial Assessment in the Marine Development Access Plan Include:
Squaw Bay (on Black Bay)
Grann Drive Boat Launch
Dorion Bible Camp
Red Rock Marina
Steel River Access
Gravel Bay Access
Pays Plat First Nation
Wardrope Park Rossport
Rossport Parkette (MTO)
Rainbow Falls/Rossport Provincial Park
East Rossport (Lakeshore Drive)
Mountain Bay Launch
Cypress Bay Area
Terrace Bay Beach and Boat Launch
Pumphouse Beach Terrace Bay.