Parks Canada

Parks Canada

March 19, 2010 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Investment at Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park

Canada’s Economic Action Plan at work in Ontario

TOBERMORY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 19, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, today announced major investments for Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park. This project is delivered through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"The Government of Canada is now working to deliver Year II of Canada's Economic Action Plan, which will focus on job creation and economic growth," said Mr. Miller. "This investment of up to $1.9 million at Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park will enhance visitor experience, while creating local jobs."

Cyprus Lake is the major recreation area for visitors to Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park. This investment will fund a comprehensive plan to revitalize the Cyprus Lake area with improvements to campground facilities and hiking trails. The broader appeal of a more modern and comfortable experience will result in increased visitation in the spring and fall.

"These parks preserve a rich cultural legacy with their incredible array of ecosystems, rare alvars, dense forests and clean lakes. Today, we recognize the importance of tourism to the local economy and the importance of protecting and presenting our natural heritage," said Mr. Prentice.

Tourism represents a significant economic opportunity for Canada and, for this reason, has been targeted in Canada's Economic Action Plan. In 2007, the tourism sector contributed approximately $28.6 billion to the Canadian economy and employed 653,400 Canadians. Canada's Economic Action Plan is our government's plan to stimulate our economy during the global recession by restoring confidence and supporting workers and families.

Canada's Economic Action Plan contains $374 million for improvements of facilities and protection of Canada's national parks and national historic sites. As a result of these investments, many skilled men and women in the construction, tourism and conservation sectors will be hired in every province and territory of Canada.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.

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Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Scott Currie
    Communications Manager
    Southwestern Ontario
    519-573-2476