Parks Canada

Parks Canada

July 06, 2011 06:00 ET

The Government of Canada Creates New Opportunities for Visitors at Port au Choix National Historic Site

PORT AU CHOIX, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - July 6, 2011) - The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced the completion of landscape exhibits at Port au Choix National Historic Site. Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada has made important investments in the infrastructure of heritage places across the country. Completed projects at Port au Choix National Historic Site are the results of this commitment.

"We are proud to celebrate new and exciting opportunities for visitors to connect and discover 5500 years of Aboriginal history," said Minister Kent. "Through this new project, Port au Choix National Historic Site is alive with the story of the province's historical and contemporary Aboriginal people".

Port au Choix National Historic Site represents more than 5500 years of habitation, and preserves and protects the rich vestiges of four ancient Aboriginal cultures. Our Economic Action Plan has enriched the visitor experience, a Gathering Circle was created at the Maritime Archaic Burial Ground; an interpretation site at Phillip's Garden, and other landscape features such as a Dorset Doorway and sculptures that depict the traditional activities of the Dorset people, were also added.

"With these investments, we are better able to share the amazing story of Port au Choix National Historic Site with all Canadians," said Minister Peter Penashue, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Privy Council. "These investments have provided valuable work for skilled Canadians, contributing to the vibrancy of nearby communities and economies."

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.

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

    Jane Brewer
    Communications Officer
    Parks Canada, Western Newfoundland and Labrador
    709-458-3528
    www.twitter.com/parkscanada