Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

June 23, 2010 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Grants $95,000 to the Bioparc de la Gaspesie

BONAVENTURE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 23, 2010) - The Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, the Honourable Denis Lebel, has announced the awarding of a non-repayable contribution of $95,000 to the Bioparc de la Gaspésie. This financial assistance has been used to establish an insectarium, inaugurated today, in the Bioparc, located in Bonaventure.

Founded in 1998, the Bioparc de la Gaspésie is an animal park with an educational and ecological vocation, where visitors are invited to learn about the flora and fauna of the five ecosystems (bay, tidal pond, river, forest and tundra) of the Gaspé Peninsula. The Insectarium, the park's newest feature, houses collections of insects of which three-quarters are worldwide, from a variety of habitats, and one quarter from Quebec, particularly the Gaspésie region.

This new project, which was developed in collaboration with the Montreal Insectarium, will help enhance the Bioparc's attraction as a tourism product and increase its visitor flow by about 15% a year. The amount granted by the Government of Canada was used to finance the exhibit's research, design and creation costs. The whole project cost $175,330.

"The Insectarium will enhance the tourism appeal of the municipality of Bonaventure, keeping it in the forefront of the Gaspésie region's tourist destinations. Tourism is making a big contribution to the diversification and consolidation of the Canadian economy. In Gaspésie, as elsewhere, this is one of our priority areas for action, and this is why the Government of Canada has lent its support to establishment of the Insectarium," declared the Minister of State.

The Bioparc de la Gaspésie is already a first-order tourist attraction, and the Insectarium will help boost the park's and the region's renown in matters of ecosystems and entomology, and its operation should help extend the tourist season in Bonaventure.

Funding for the Bioparc is granted under the Community Diversification Program, one of whose aims is to strengthen communities' ability to attract tourist business.

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  • Canada Economic Development
    Karina Gagnon
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    or
    Canada Economic Development
    Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
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    eve.cardinal@dec-ced.gc.ca