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Canada's Historically Significant Places List Adds Westmount, Cataraqui Cemetery, Bragg Creek

01/17/2012 07:07 EST | Updated 03/18/2012 05:12 EDT
OTTAWA - The federal government has added four areas to the list of historically significant places in Canada.

Parks Canada says Westmount, Que., is designated for the architecture that has made the Montreal community one of Canada's "iconic neighbourhoods."

Environment Minister Peter Kent says Bragg Creek, Alta., is being noted for the founding of the first youth hostel in North America.

The Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston, Ont. — the final resting place of many prominent leaders such as Sir John A. MacDonald — is also receiving historic designation.

And Prince Edward Island — formerly Ile Saint-Jean — is designated for the tragic deportation of Acadians in 1758.

Parks Canada manages a nationwide network of national historic sites that reflect Canada's cultural heritage.

"I am pleased that we are recognizing the special role these communities have played in Canada's history," Kent said Tuesday in a release.

"These designations remind us how the story of Canada has a wide variety of characters and places, each interesting and critical to our development as a nation," Kent said.

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