The story of the Glengarry Cairn
As part of Parks Canada’s unprecedented $3 billion infrastructure investment program, the Glengarry Cairn National Historic Site will receive approximately $693,000 to stabilize the cairn and preserve its place as a cultural landmark of Scottish mil- itary heritage. Work is scheduled to be completed this fall.
Through this historic investment in national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas, Parks Canada is protecting and preserving our treasured places.
Please note that this is the second phase of conservation projects on the island. In 2010, the island shoreline was stabilized to protect against erosion.
The Island remains closed to the public and there are no plans to re-open it. The cairn is being stabilized to preserve its place as a cultural landmark of Scottish military heritage that can be viewed from shore or on the water.
In addition to the Glengarry Cairn, Tsikatsinakwahere, or Cairn Island, holds important Indigenous cultural value that pre-dates the construction of the cairn. The protection and preservation of the island’s overall cultural significance is of utmost importance to Parks Canada and therefore access to the island will remain restricted. However, Parks Canada is working on other means of sharing the story of Glengarry Cairn National Historic Site and Cairn Island, such as through a publicly accessible interpretive element that may include interpretive panels on the mainland. Parks Canada will develop an interpretation plan in collaboration with with the Township of South Glengarry and the Mohawk of Akwesasne. More information will be shared when it is available.