Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

March 21, 2010 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Grants $30,000 in Funding to Club Relais des Buttes Inc.

SAINT-FELICIEN, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 21, 2010) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development and Member of Parliament for Roberval–Lac-Saint-Jean, today announced that Club Relais des buttes Inc. has been granted $30,000 in non-repayable funding through the Community Diversification program for the redrawing of local snowmobiling trails and repair of four bridges connecting these trails, including one that provides access to the Zoo sauvage de St-Félicien. This project will necessitate an overall investment of nearly $65,000.

"Canada Economic Development agreed to fund this Club Relais des buttes project because snowmobiling constitutes a major source of revenue for Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. The region has every interest in developing this sector and offering a top-of-the-line recreational product. Already known for its exceptional snow conditions, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean attracts more and more snowmobiling enthusiasts from Quebec and all over the world. Improving the network can only help the region better position itself as one of the province's premium winter tourist destinations," explained Minister of State Lebel.

Founded in 1970, Club Relais des buttes Inc. is a non-profit organization with several hundred members and numerous volunteers. The club is responsible for maintaining more than 100 kilometres of trails, including a 44-kilometre stretch of the regional trail No. 373 linking the Trans-Québec 93 and 83 trails, both major gateways to the region for snowmobilers coming from Nord-du-Québec, Abitibi and Mauricie.

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