Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

October 01, 2010 14:30 ET

Government of Canada Awards $100,000 in Funding to Eco-Odyssee to Produce Adventure Guidebooks in Electronic Format

LA PÊCHE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2010) - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament for Pontiac, today announced, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State for Canada Economic Development, the awarding of $100,000 in repayable funding to Éco-Odyssée.

Éco-Odyssée is a water labyrinth that allows visitors to discover, by pedalo or by canoe, the rich diversity of the flora and fauna in the area. The maze development consists of six kilometres of canals interwoven to form some 60 intersections. Participants make their way through the labyrinth using a paper guidebook to which they refer for the marshland plant life and wildlife illustrations that will help them complete their chosen adventure. The project, which will require a total investment of $232,500, is to replace the paper-based guidebooks with digital ones.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support an initiative that will not only help retain visitors, but also directly result in the creation of three seasonal jobs in this sector of the Collines-de-l'Outaouais RCM," said Ministre Cannon.

In addition to converting the guidebooks to digital format, Éco-Odyssée intends to build and equip a variety of facilities to extend visits. Also in the works are a development plan for the site's remaining undeveloped 70 acres and a U.S. marketing strategy.

"Éco-Odyssée is a novel tourist attraction in line with the new trends in soft adventure and ecotourism product offerings. This important project is a good complement to the current offering which includes the steam train, whose arrival point is in Wakefield," Minister Cannon concluded.

Tourism is a promising growth sector for the Outaouais region, as are agri-food processing, high technology and the transformation of value-added forest products. By focusing its efforts on these priority sectors, Canada Economic Development is helping stimulate the regional economy.

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