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November 20, 2009 11:51 ET

Minister Prentice Signs Agreement With Trans Canada Trail During Stakeholder Roundtable on Parks Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 20, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada today announced a Memorandum of Understanding with the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) to encourage the use and enjoyment of trails across Canada. Minister Prentice made the announcement during the 5th Minister's Round Table (MRT) on Parks Canada.

"This Memorandum of Understanding will help combine the strengths of Parks Canada and the Trans Canada Trail to achieve a common goal: helping connect Canadians with their natural and cultural heritage," said Minister Prentice. "Through this great collaboration, Canadians and visitors from around the world will have new opportunities to experience our inspirational places."

"Trans Canada Trail is honoured to be entering this new partnership with Parks Canada, one of Canada's most treasured and iconic natural and cultural heritage organizations," said Deborah Apps, President and CEO. "Both organizations are committed to preserving Canada's special outdoor and historic places as a living legacy and are inspiring Canadians and visitors to explore and discover our magnificent country."

As part of the MOU, Parks Canada and TCT have agreed to share expertise with each other and the trails community in the sustainable planning, design, construction, maintenance and management of trails. Recreational trails provide Canadians and international visitors the opportunity to experience Canada's rich heritage, diverse cultures, communities and people. Through combining the expertise and trails of these two great organizations, we can facilitate learning, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage environmental stewardship and support sustainable community development.

"I am delighted to announce this collaboration with the Trans Canada Trail during my national stakeholder roundtable, where we are discussing how we can all make a difference, and work together to offer Canadians enhanced possibilities to connect with our country's treasures," added Minister Prentice. "The Government of Canada's efforts to protect and present Canada's natural and historic heritage help create a future where species of plants and animals are protected, Aboriginal cultural values are preserved, and Canada's rich and fascinating natural and historic treasures are safeguarded for all Canadians to enjoy."

The Minister's Roundtable on Parks Canada happens every two years. This year's meeting brought together approximately 40 key stakeholders and Aboriginal partners to discuss two main themes: Inspiring all Canadians to connect with nature and history, and Mobilizing Canadians to support the conservation of our national treasures.

This year's MRT is particularly significant because it will help guide Parks Canada through important milestone anniversaries. Next year, the agency will be celebrating 125 years of national parks in Canada. In 2011, it will be celebrating its 100th anniversary as the first formal national park service organization in the world.

This has been a fruitful year for Canadians and their natural heritage. The Government of Canada has permanently protected a massive expansion of the Nahanni National Park Reserve of Canada, which was the greatest conservation achievement in a generation. It has also reintroduced the black-footed ferret, once thought to be extinct, onto the Canadian prairie wilderness in Grasslands National Park of Canada in Saskatchewan.

In addition, the Government has declared new wilderness areas in Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada, Fundy National Park of Canada, Vuntut National Park of Canada, and the Nahanni, and permanently protected Saoyu and AEehdacho National Historic Site of Canada on the shores of Great Bear Lake, Northwest Territories.

Through its nation-wide network of 42 national parks, 167 national historic sites and three national marine conservation areas, Parks Canada is a leader in Canada and internationally, in the protection of natural and cultural heritage places and the provision of meaningful experiences and learning opportunities for all Canadians.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    Parks Canada
    Media Relations
    National Corporate Communications Branch