Dry Stone Walls
Matthew Ring of the Dry Stone Wall Association of Canada believes that Amherst Island has one of the most significant concentrations of historic dry stone walls in Canada and even suggests that Amherst Island be referred to as a “Canadian Dry Stone Historic Site”!
The historic stone walls on Amherst Island are among the most tangible remnants of early Irish-Scottish settlement and development in Canada. (NOTE: provide link to his article at : http://www.dswa.ca/story/amherst-island-a-canadian-dry-stone-historic-site )
The Island dry stone walls were usually built along roads. Particularly vulnerable to vibration, these walls will most certainly be impacted by over-sized construction equipment being transported down the Island’s narrow gravel roads.
Canadian MP and astronaut, Marc Garneau, says “… all efforts should be made to preserve these walls and to protect Amherst Island’s cultural heritage landscape for all Canadians, present and future”.
It is clear to anyone who has spent time visiting Amherst Island, living in our community or researching it that our island has a considerable amount of history that defines the planning of our village and the built forms seen throughout the island. It is for this reason that we express great concern with what appears to be a lack of understanding and wholesale discounting of Amherst Island’s heritage and archeological significance by Windlectric/Algonquin Power.
For more information on APAI’s response to Windlectric/Algonquin Power’s archeology assessments, please click the links below