Somehow is seems somewhat fitting that IMBA Canada’s resident redhead, Daniel Scott, was given the opportunity to conduct a workshop on the site that inspired one of Canada’s most famous fictitious redheads, Anne of Green Gables. This beautiful property is part of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site, situated along the northern shore of Prince Edward Island.

The purpose of the workshop was to address a myriad of issues that are facing the three trails found on site – Balsam Hollow, Lover’s Lane & Haunted Woods. According to staff, these trails handle approximately 25,000 of the 140,000 visitors that come to experience the magic that captured the author’s imagination some 100 years ago.

In order to tackle these issues, Maurice Roy (Site Manager), rallied a select group of Parks Canada staff from various departments to participate and provide their expertise. Folk came to the table representing Environmental Integrity, Cultural Integrity / Visitor Experience, & Asset Management. Over a three day period, these folk worked with Daniel to identify the problems they each faced with the trails, the solutions they’d like to see implemented and together developed solutions which everyone agreed upon.

Despite major differences in job titles or backgrounds, all the participants quickly became a team, listening to each others concerns, fielding questions when more understanding was needed and respecting each others’ interests. At the end of the workshop, each person involved came away with not only a better understanding of sustainable trail design but also the awareness that all fields are in fact intricately integrated with one another.

So what was the outcome of all this interdisciplinary teamwork? A new conceptual plan has been developed that is to be reviewed further while funding is acquired to implement the next phase.

IMBA Canada would like to thank all the participants who so graciously dedicated their time to making this workshop such a success! Everyone came away feeling positively that this project will greatly enhance the overall integrity of Green Gables Heritage Place.

Click HERE to learn more about Green Gables Heritage Place.