Government of Canada

Government of Canada

February 22, 2010 13:25 ET

Canada Celebrates Atlantic Canada Day at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2010) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, invites Canadians to celebrate Atlantic Canada Day today at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

"These are Canada's Games, showcasing Canada to the world, so I invite everyone to experience the East Coast during Atlantic Canada Day," said Minister Moore. "The Games present a wonderful opportunity to highlight our strengths to the world and promote Canada as a tourism destination."

The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), in partnership with the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, present the Atlantic Canada House pavilion in Vancouver.

"I am pleased to welcome visitors to Atlantic Canada's home in Vancouver," said the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister for ACOA, National Revenue, and the Atlantic Gateway. "The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games has brought the world to Canada, and the Atlantic Canada House pavilion will present our region to the world."

Located on Granville Island, Atlantic Canada House provides an inspiring and authentic setting to experience all that Atlantic Canada has to offer as a world-class cultural tourism destination and a great place to live, work, and visit.

As part of Atlantic Canada Day, ACOA will be hosting events throughout the day at the pavilion to promote the very best of Atlantic seafood and agricultural products in menus that are largely pan-Atlantic. Events also showcase the region's innovation and leadership in aquaculture, ocean and life sciences, and alternative energy development; and advantages related to the Atlantic Gateway trade corridor.

During the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, visitors to Atlantic Canada House can experience the region's famous East Coast hospitality, right here on the West Coast. From daily shows and nightly concerts, to incredible cuisine, Atlantic Canada House highlights the rich and varied culture of this region. All of these events are free and open to the general public.

As part of the Government of Canada's investment outreach strategy, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of International Trade, is also leading the Global Business Leaders Initiative at the 2010 Winter Games. This initiative will bring together high-level foreign executives from multinational companies and Canadian business and government leaders to promote Canada's investment advantages.

The 2010 Winter Games provide an unparalleled opportunity to celebrate and showcase Canadian athletic, artistic, and cultural excellence on a national and international scale. The Games will also create shared and lasting legacies for Canadian communities, businesses, and citizens across the entire country.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

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