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October 12, 2010 09:59 ET

The Government of Canada Announces the Completion of a Tourism and Heritage Infrastructure Project at Port-Royal National Historic Site

Made possible through Canada's Economic Action Plan

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2010) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced the completion of a tourism infrastructure project at Port-Royal National Historic Site of Canada. This project was made possible through Canada's Economic Action Plan.

The installation of a fire suppression system will help protect and preserve the Port-Royal National Historic Site. Port-Royal features a reconstruction of early 17th century buildings representing one of the earliest European settlements on the continent. The site is crucial in communicating the story of French settlement along the Nova Scotian coast.

"This infrastructure project has created local jobs and economic activity and will also encourage tourism in this area," said Minister Prentice. "Our government is proud to preserve and protect these special places that are symbols of our country and tangible connections to our history."

Today's announcement follows the Government of Canada's announcement in 2009 to invest up to $25.7 million in Parks Canada sites in Nova Scotia, $1.27 million of which has been invested in the Port-Royal project.

"Port-Royal National Historic Site is an iconic destination," said Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova. "Its continued preservation plays a key role in attracting tourism to the Annapolis Royal area. Our national historic sites benefit local communities and offer Canadians wonderful opportunities to experience and connect to the very essence of Canada."

Canada's Economic Action Plan sets aside $374 million for improvements of facilities and protection of Canada's national parks and national historic sites. As a result of these investments in national parks and national historic sites, many skilled men and women in construction, tourism and conservation sectors have been hired in every province and territory of Canada.

Parks Canada is the largest provider of historic and natural heritage tourism in Canada. Through a network of 42 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and three national marine conservation areas, Parks Canada sets the stage and invites Canadians, as well as people from around the world, to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery of our treasured natural and historic places.

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