Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

June 22, 2010 07:00 ET

Government of Canada Grants $408,600 in Funding to Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Pere

RIMOUSKI, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 22, 2010) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, is pleased to announce the awarding of $408,600 in non-repayable funding to the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père for the expansion of its hospitality pavilion leading to the Onondaga submarine.

As Canada's only submarine open to the public, the Onondaga is a truly unique attraction. In its first year of operation as a public site in 2009, the vessel saw more than 90,000 visitors pass through its turnstiles to tour the installations. The Site historique maritime therefore plans to use this financial assistance to add 250 square metres to its hospitality pavilion in order to accommodate the high number of visitors and provide them with quality facilities. This extension will serve as a shelter for visitors waiting to tour the submarine. Once completed, the building will be equipped with a meeting room for group tours and a multipurpose service area to meet the needs of visitors and employees. Landscaping work will also be carried out and signs posted to make the site more functional. Necessitating an overall investment of $678,000, the project will result in the creation of four hospitality- and tour-related jobs.

"Tourism contributes significantly to the economic diversification of Quebec's regions and is seen as an intervention priority by all of our regional business offices. With the tremendous success and spinoffs it achieved in 2009, the Site historique maritime truly ranks as one major attraction with a strong capacity to draw and retain visitors. The Government of Canada is therefore pleased to lend its support to improving the site's hospitality infrastructure and to offering visitors from all over the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable experience aboard the Onondaga," noted the Minister of State.

The Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père earned a gold medal at the 2010 Grands Prix du tourisme québécois in the category of tourist attractions with fewer than 100,000 visitors. This prestigious contest recognizes the efforts of tourism enterprises and their outstanding contribution to making Quebec a top-notch tourist destination. 

This funding from Canada Economic Development has been awarded through the Community Diversification program, an initiative aimed at increasing the capacity of communities to attract tourists.

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