Cultural Landscapes Resources

The Cultural Landscapes and Legacy Committee suggests the resources listed below to help guide you. For more information on events about this issue, visit our events calendar.

Defending Heritage Landscapes

Can a landscape be considered a heritage object? It was not until 2011 that the notion of heritage cultural landscape was legally introduced in Quebec. Photographer and historian Pierre Lahoud and landscape architecture professor Nicole Valois will participate, from November 13 to 16, in the virtual symposium "Quel avenir pour les ensembles et paysages patrimoniaux?"  In this discussion, they explain this concept, which may seem vague to some. When does a landscape become heritage?

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Landslide 2020: Women Take the Lead, Women Who Shaped the American Landscape

Women who Shaped the American Landscape highlights cultural landscapes from around the nation that were designed by or are associated with women. Many of the places featured in this year’s thematic report are nationally known for their historical and cultural significance. However, their associations with women may be unrecognized, leaving these important legacies under threat. Taken together, these sites highlight the significant roles of women in designing the world around us. This year’s report emphasizes the importance of honoring women’s landscape architecture work so that these sites survive into the future for the enjoyment of the public.

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Canada's Historic Places: Canada's Cultural Landscapes

Browsing the Canadian Register of Historic Places (CRHP), you are likely to come across places designated as historic districts, or cultural landscapes, which often comprise several natural and manmade features as part of the designation.  This article is meant as a brief introduction and overview of cultural landscapes in Canada.

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Ontario Heritage Trust: Cultural Heritage Landscapes - An Introduction

Cultural heritage landscapes, or cultural landscapes, have been used as a term for several decades. The approach of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to cultural landscapes recognizes three main categories. Learn more by clicking the link to this resource. 

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Parks Canada: An Approach to Aboriginal Cultural Landscapes

In the past decade national heritage agencies have recognized cultural landscapes within their various cultural resource management programs. Parks Canada defines cultural landscapes as "Any geographical area that has been modified, influenced, or given special cultural meaning by people" (Parks Canada, 1994a: 119) and has included them in the National Historic Sites System Plan.

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UNESCO: Cultural Landscapes

There exist a great variety of Landscapes that are representative of the different regions of the world. Combined works of nature and humankind, they express a long and intimate relationship between peoples and their natural environment.

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The Cultural Landscape Foundation

A non-profit established in 1998, The Cultural Landscape Foundation® (TCLF) connects people to places. TCLF educates and engages the public to make our shared landscape heritage more visible, identify its value, and empower its stewards.

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