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November 27, 2009 14:07 ET

Minister Prentice Welcomes Olympic Torch to Quebec

Government offers free admission at national parks and national historic sites on Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay route

POINTE-AU-PERE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 27, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and the Minister responsible for Parks Canada, invites Canadians to cheer on the Olympic Flame as it arrives in Quebec. To support the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay celebrations, the Government of Canada is offering free admission at Parks Canada's national parks and national historic sites on the day the flame is visiting.

"I am very pleased and proud that so many of our national parks and national historic sites are involved in the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. This is an opportunity to showcase to the world Canada's national treasures," said Minister Prentice. "By following the Olympic Flame, Canadians and visitors from around the world will get to know Canada and the people and places that make this country great."

"Parks Canada's Pointe-au-Pere Lighthouse, Fortifications of Quebec, Levis Forts and Fort Chambly National Historic Sites offer many rich and interesting experiences for visitors and make Quebec proud of the varied and exciting opportunities offered by its rich heritage and vibrant culture," said the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Minister responsible for Quebec and Member of Parliament for Megantic-L'Erable. "The Olympic Torch Relay provides a wonderful opportunity for Canadians to celebrate and learn about their country's history and spectacular natural environment."

The scenic backdrop of Pointe-au-Pere National Historic Site will provide the perfect sunrise photo op on November 30. On December 2, Parks Canada staff in period costumes will animate the historic setting of the Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site as part of a spectacular evening celebration, organized with the City of Quebec. Fort Chambly National Historic Site in Chambly will greet the Olympic Flame with a bang as a musket salute signals the carrying of the Olympic Torch to the inner courtyard of the Fort on December 8.

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay began its 106-day Canadian journey on October 30, 2009 and will travel more than 45,000 km across the country. For the complete list of Parks Canada sites to be visited by the torch please visit www.pc.gc.ca/2010.

Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under What's new.

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  • Parks Canada
    Corporate Communications Branch
    Media Relations
    819-994-3023