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Top 10 Endangered Places

We’re Looking for Canada’s Top 10 Endangered Places


Help the National Trust Bring Attention to Historic Places at Risk

The National Trust for Canada is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Canada’s Top 10 Endangered Places List. Each year, the list shines a national spotlight on historic places at risk due to neglect, lack of funding, inappropriate development or weak legislation.

“Canadians care about their special places, yet they face powerful forces that threaten to destroy them,” said Natalie Bull, executive director. “The National Trust’s Top 10 Endangered Places List has become a powerful tool in the fight to make landmarks, not landfill.”  

First launched in 2005, the list typically includes a wide range of places in danger, from architectural and engineering landmarks to simple vernacular structures, from mid-century-modern icons to heritage districts and sacred Indigenous landscapes. It is compiled from nominations submitted and from reports and news items that the National Trust has been following throughout the year.

Inclusion on the List brings national media attention and a welcome shot in the arm for local groups involved in challenging campaigns to save places that matter. "The Top 10 Endangered Places List has assisted in taking the Nottawasaga lighthouse from endangered place to restored place,” said Robert Square, director of the Nottawasaga Lighthouse Preservation Society. The lighthouse, owned by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, was named to the List in 2016. The Society successfully mobilized many supporters and completed essential stabilization work before the year’s end.

If you know of an endangered historic place that could benefit from inclusion on the List, tell us about it today!

Nominations must be received by Friday, March 31, 2017 for the 2017 list, which will be announced in May. 

Canada's Top 10 Endangered Places List 2016

Grain Elevators   Chinatown
Photo: Wilson Hui    Photo: Arlene Gee

Canada's Wooden Grain Elevators

All of Canada

Rural icons vanishing from the landscape.


Vancouver's Chinatown

Vancouver, British Columbia

Development wave crushes culturally unique neighbourhood.

Royal Alberta Museum   Spaca Moskalyk
Photo: Kurt Bauschardt   Photo: Tim Thompson

Former Royal Alberta Museum

Edmonton, Alberta

Modernist gem under threat.


Spaca Moskalyk Ukrainian Catholic Church

Lamont County, Alberta

Marker of Ukrainian heritage could be lost.

Grasslands   Nottawasaga Lighthouse
Photo: Branimir Gjetvaj Photography   Photo: Judy McLeod

Prairie Grasslands


A storied landscape of natural and cultural value at risk.


Nottawasaga Lighthouse

Collingwood, Ontario

Imperial Tower crumbling into the bay.
Gibson Hospital   Vieux Pen
Photo: Greg Pinchin   Photo: Jean Gagnon

Gibson Isolation Hospital

Belleville, Ontario

Tearing down a piece of Deaf heritage for parking spaces.


Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Penitentiary National Historic Site

Laval, Quebec

Historic federal penitentiary wasting away.

St. Stephen   Harbour Grace
Photo: Alana O'Halloran   Photo: Dee Gandhi

St. Stephen Post Office National Historic Site

St. Stephen, New Brunswick

A National Historic Site being demolished by neglect.


Harbour Grace Court House

Harbour Grace, Newfoundland and Labrador

Handsome colonial treasure deserves a fair trial.