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The Seaway at 50: change challenges heritage of the Lost Villages

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Upper Canada Village is a living history museum on the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence -- popular with families and school groups from both sides of the river. It was born out of the flooding required to build the St Lawrence Seaway. Nearly 20 buildings rescued from the "Lost Villages" were relocated to form the nucleus of this heritage park at Morrisburg, Ontario. Visitors come to experience St. Lawrence village life, as it would have been in 1866, just prior to Canada's confederation. This past spring, top management announced changes to boost attendance, along with job cuts among the interpretive staff. That produced a critical backlash, and charges that a treasured resource Is being commercialized. Lucy Martin visited to learn more.

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Lucy Martin
Ottawa Correspondent

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