Sir John A. Macdonald Heritage Trail

The Sir John A. Macdonald Heritage Trail project was initiated in 2015, during the bicentennial year of Canada's first Prime Minister. 

Commemorations of Macdonald's bicenntennial have inspired considerable debate about his legacy. While he was largely responsible for Canadian Confederation and the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway, these things came at great expense. His cruel and destructive actions toward First Nations peoples have garnered much disdain, including the creation of the residential school system as part of his program of assimilation, and the suppression and starvation of people living on reserves. This is in addition to his support of the Chinese head tax and his role in the execution of Métis leader Louis Riel. 

We are striving to better contextualize this legacy, and are committed to sharing the stories of those whose voices have too often been silenced.