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Parks Canada

July 01, 2011 08:30 ET

Government of Canada Celebrates Tourism Infrastructure Investment at Point Pelee National Park

Canada's Economic Action Plan at work in Ontario

LEAMINGTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 1, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Dave Van Kesteren, Member of Parliament for Chatham-Kent-Essex, today announced the completion of tourism infrastructure projects at Point Pelee National Park. These projects were made possible through Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"I am pleased to see funding from Canada's Economic Action Plan play a vital role in the revitalization of the visitor experience infrastructure at Point Pelee National Park", said Mr. Van Kesteren. "The recent investment of over $4 million will ensure that the natural wonders of this unique and treasured place will be maintained for visitors today and those of future generations to enjoy while generating important economic benefits for our local community."

Point Pelee National Park is one of Canada's smallest national parks, and yet, this green oasis attracts nearly 240,000 visitors each year. Visitors often stay in the nearby town of Leamington, generating additional economic opportunities for area businesses. The infrastructure investments celebrated today include a new shuttle system to transport visitors from the park's Visitor Centre to the southernmost point of mainland Canada, construction of a new floating section of the Marsh Boardwalk trail, new exhibits and signage at the Delaurier Homestead & Trail and a new Visitor Orientation Area just inside the entrance to the park.

"Our Government is a leader in the protection of Canada's national parks and national historic sites and recognizes just how important these places are to the tourism economy", said Minister Kent. "This investment to improve infrastructure created jobs during construction and enhances the experience for a new generation of visitors to Point Pelee National Park."

Tourism represents a significant economic opportunity for Canada and, for this reason, was targeted in Canada's Economic Action Plan. In 2007, the tourism sector contributed approximately $28.6 billion to the Canadian economy and employed 653,400 Canadians. Canada's Economic Action Plan set aside $374 million for improvements of facilities and protection of Canada's national parks and national historic sites. As a result of these investments, many skilled men and women in construction, tourism and conservation sectors were hired in every province and territory of Canada.

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

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