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February 16, 2011 13:44 ET

Government of Canada Announces the Completion of Infrastructure Work at Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Canada's Economic Action Plan at work on Cape Breton Island

SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 16, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, today announced completion of the Cheticamp River Bridge and other infrastructure work on the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

"Canadians feel a special affinity for the natural wonders of our province and our country. Our government's investments directly encourage the growth of tourism and continue to help bring Cape Breton Highlands National Park and the Cabot Trail to the forefront of the minds of travelers, both here and abroad," said Minister MacKay. "This infrastructure work helps protect our cultural and natural resources, while stimulating the economy and improving infrastructure for future generations."

The Government of Canada has invested a total of $29.6 million in these infrastructure projects, $14 million of which was provided through funding from Canada's Economic Action Plan.

The new Cheticamp River Bridge replaces the three-piered bridge with a single span structure, allowing the river system to follow a more natural course that will improve fish passage and the ecological health of the national park.

In addition, 20 kilometres of the Cabot Trail between Pleasant Bay and Warren Brook have been paved, and three kilometres between Ingonish and Middlehead have been paved to improve safety while also widened to provide a more bicycle friendly roadway. Work on several smaller bridges along the Cabot Trail is now complete.

Throughout the design process, Parks Canada ensured reconstruction of the Cabot Trail paid homage to one of the top scenic drives in the world with clear, safe viewing. Cape Breton Highlands National Park covers 950 square kilometres, with the Cabot Trail travelling along the coasts and over the highlands. The Cabot Trail is valued as a cultural asset and an important part of Cape Breton's heritage experience.

Parks Canada is a world leader in managing protected areas and works to ensure that Canada's treasured natural and historic heritage places are presented and protected for all Canadians to discover and experience. A total of $374 million dollars is being invested in the refurbishment of parks Canada facilities within the framework of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

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

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