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February 14, 2011 10:30 ET

The Government of Canada Announces Completion of the Work at the Levis Forts National Historic Site

Canada's Economic Action Plan enhances tourism offerings at Levis Forts NHS

LEVIS, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2011) - On behalf of the honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Lévis-Bellechasse, today announced the completion of renovations at the Lévis Forts National Historic Site, made possible through Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"At Lévis Forts National Historic Site, constructions at four important sites were made possible thanks to a total investment of $3.05 million from Canada's Economic Action Plan. Those projects helped create jobs and stimulate the local economy, as well as promote tourism in the region. The investments confirm once more the importance of the historic site as a friendly, dynamic meeting place which welcomes visitors and locals alike," said Mr. Blaney.

These valuable federal investments in Lévis Forts National Historic Site allowed for the completion of the waterproofing of all casemates and the restoration of casemates 2 and 3, making them suitable to host events and receptions. An additional parking area was created via Route 132, a major access road, and the wooded area next to the site was redeveloped. Despite the complexity of the projects, Parks Canada was able to meet its objectives while respecting deadlines and budgets, to offer the public an improved meeting place.

"The Canadian population will benefit from these major improvements, namely in ensuring the enhanced protection and preservation of this irreplaceable heritage building of the Québec–Chaudière-Appalaches region. Our Government is proud to play a part in ensuring the durability of such exceptional places that are symbols of our country and tangible links to our history especially in the centennial of our great Canadian institution, Parks Canada," said Minister Peter Kent.

Located on the heights of Point Lévy, and part of the Lévis Forts National Historic Site, Fort No. 1, is the last link in a chain of three forts built under the supervision of British military engineers between 1865 and 1872. This pentagonal-shaped fort, which opened to the public in 1982, provides breathtaking panoramic views of Québec, Île d'Orléans and Côte-de-Beaupré. It provides an ideal setting to host special events such as Lévis au cube, the multimedia show that launched the "Célébrations Lévis 2011" festivities on January 15.

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 is being invested in the refurbishment of Parks Canada facilities as part 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.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    819-997-1441
    or
    Parks Canada, Quebec Field Unit
    Julie Royer
    Agent, Public Relations and Communication
    418-648-7601
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