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October 16, 2009 14:30 ET

Government of Canada Inaugurates the Revitalization of Cartier-Brebeuf National Historic Site and the Banks of the Lairet River

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 16, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Sylvie Boucher, Member of Parliament for Beauport-Limoilou, today inaugurated the redeveloped Cartier-Brebeuf National Historic Site of Canada. In the company of local stakeholders, Ms. Boucher cut the ribbon signifying the end of restoration and revitalization work in this unique national historic site.

"I am especially proud to be here today to highlight the revival of Cartier-Brebeuf National Historic Site of Canada. This project has been a central concern for my fellow citizens and I am delighted to be giving this magnificent park back to the Limoilou community," said Sylvie Boucher.

Canada's Economic Action Plan sets aside $75 million for improvements to visitor facilities in Canada's national parks and national historic sites over the next two years and another $75 million for the protection of national historic sites during the same time period. Of these amounts, $4 million were invested in Cartier-Brebeuf National Historic Site. This infrastructural project entailed dismantling the underground piping and reconfiguring the basin to bring the river back into the light of day. The refurbishment improves the visitor experience by providing an information booth with an interpretative component, street furniture and a paved bicycle path.

"The Government of Canada has taken the necessary measures to preserve and revitalize this national historic site. Residents and visitors can once again enjoy the learning experience of the site while discovering more of its history," said Minister Prentice.

Cartier-Brebeuf National Historic Site of Canada commemorates the site where Jacques Cartier and his companions overwintered in 1535-1536, near the Iroquois village of Stadacona. It also pays homage to the establishment of Quebec's first Jesuit mission in 1625-1626.

Parks Canada is responsible for a network of national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas that is recognized as one of the largest, most beautiful networks of protected areas in the world. Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education, appreciation and inspired discovery of all Canadians, today and in the future.

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