Musician Jimi Hendrix’s house in Vancouver, Alexander Keith’s Brewery in Halifax and a refreshment stand at Hog’s Back Park in Ottawa are among the 12,400 historic places described on a new online database.
Parks Canada, which celebrates its centennial this year, recently launched the Canadian Register of Historic Places website at www.historicplaces.ca.
“A decade ago, you couldn’t find this information without spending months of research,” says Andrew Waldron, Canadian registrar of historic places.
The register is considered to be a definitive inventory of historic places whose heritage value has been recognized by a government authority.
These include buildings, structures, engineering works, districts, landscapes and archaeological sites.
It is a work in progress. New listings are added every week. Waldron says it’s believed there are 17,000 designated places in Canada.
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