In 1864, politicians from the British North American colonies met at Province House to discuss the idea of union. Now known as the Fathers of Confederation, their discussions led to the Confederation of Canada in 1867. As important but not as well-known, is the story of the Province House construction: the story of the building's fabric, structure and components. This is a story that must be fully understood as we move forward with our conservation efforts, to ensure we are effectively protecting the building and conserving its character-defining features for generations to come.
Province House National Historic Site is more than 170 years old and the Government of Canada is proudly investing in the conservation of this heritage building. Improvements to this historic site will enable Parks Canada to continue sharing the rich and varied heritage of our nation and provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our diverse history.
Parks Canada is committed to providing updates on the important conservation project at Province House National Historic Site. For more information about this project, visit: Conservation Project schedule.
Enjoy a 360-degree tour of the interior of Province House during this conservation project, and compare it to the site’s previous state before the project began.
Learn more about the conservation project's background and timeline by reading our backgrounder, updated June 2018.
Delve deeper into the story of Province House and the efforts to save this iconic piece of our cultural heritage with our Stone by Stone information.
- Stone by Stone - August 2020 newsletter (PDF, 388 KB)
- Stone by Stone - November 2019 newsletter (PDF, 1.4 MB).
- Stone by Stone - November 2018 newsletter (PDF, 1.5 MB).
- Stone by Stone - June 2018 newsletter (PDF, 432 KB).
- Stone by Stone - December 2017 newsletter (PDF, 3.80 MB).
- Stone by Stone - September 2017 newsletter (PDF, 935 KB).
A Landmark Conservation Project: Province House National Historic Site
Conserving our heritage: A Step back in Time
Design and methods used during the construction in 1847 are not the same as modern building techniques. In conservation projects like this, initial investigations are time consuming and these first steps are crucial to ensure a successful project.
Province House National Historic Site closed in January 2015 to allow for the investigation of the building's structure to begin. Since the building's closure, Parks Canada and Public Services and Procurement Canada Project Team have undertaken a series of detailed investigations to gain an understanding of the building's unique structure.
Province House is a very complex building and the Project Team is being extremely thorough and cautious. Through this initial work, the Project Team is gaining a comprehensive knowledge of the character-defining elements (PDF, 2.25 MB) of the building and its construction, so as to be able to determine the appropriate methods to apply to conserve Province House.
The Next Chapter
The investigative stage of the project is now complete and the Project Team is considering various design options. They will be guided by the principles set out in the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada. These principles are aimed at conserving the unique qualities and character of this historic structure. The team is focusing on the heritage defining characteristics of Province House, as well as ensuring the long life of the building.
Parks Canada is proud of its role in protecting and presenting this important symbol of our shared national heritage and is committed to sharing details of this landmark conservation project with Canadians.
Please stay tuned to our website for project updates. To subscribe to our mailing list for stakeholder updates, please e-mail us at email@example.com.
Story of Confederation
Parks Canada’s commitment to telling to the story of Province House National Historic Site will remain a priority even during a period of closure.
We are working closely with Confederation Centre of the Arts to provide a multi-media visitor experience for Province House that will allow us to continue to share that story with visitors in ways that will build lasting, memorable connections between them and this very important symbol of Canadian history.
For more information: Story of Confederation.