Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

August 26, 2011 10:30 ET

The Government of Canada Awards $465,000 to the Corporation touristique du Domaine des Portes de l'Enfer inc.

SAINT-NARCISSE-DE-RIMOUSKI, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 26, 2011) - The Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and la Francophonie, the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, the Honourable Denis Lebel, today announced a non-repayable contribution of $465,000 to the Corporation touristique du Domaine des Portes de l'Enfer inc. The organization will use these funds to enhance the activities offered to the roughly 15,000 visitors that it receives annually.

"Our government's priority is economic growth and job creation, all across Canada. The initiative proposed by the Corporation touristique du Domaine des Portes de l'Enfer will enable the region to attract even more tourists, from both Canada and abroad. We are pleased to be involved with a project like this, which will have positive economic benefits for the entire Bas-Saint-Laurent region", said Minister Valcourt.

The organization will set up a unique tour combining a forest walk and a multi-sensory experience, wildlife observation activities and geolocation. Electronic equipment will embellish some existing routes to enable visitors to interact with nature. The concept's originality involves using sounds, light, aspects from theatre production and various techniques in a natural environment to inform, surprise and amaze hikers. This project, which is part of the Corporation's strategic plan, is also aiming to overhaul the current interpretation equipment and improve some of the facilities.

The organization, founded in 1983 and recipient of the Grands prix du tourisme in 2010, is located in Saint-Narcisse-de-Rimouski, a municipality near the town of Rimouski. It operates an eco-tourism site offering discovery, outdoor and nature interpretation activities in a protected natural environment. The site of the Canyon des Portes de l'Enfer skirts the Rimouski River, the site of the Grand-Sault waterfall, the highest footbridge in Quebec, the famous descente aux enfers (descent into hell) and the site Hommage aux draveurs. In addition to the walking paths, a restaurant, campsite and bicycle path are also provided to visitors.

Tourism is an intervention priority in Bas-Saint-Laurent that Canada Economic Development is committed to. The government's financial assistance is awarded under the Community Diversification program.

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