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July 15, 2010 10:18 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at Christ Church National Historic Site of Canada

Funding allows repairs to period windows, inspired by London's Crystal Palace

HOPE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 15, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Member of Parliament for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, today announced that the Government of Canada will be investing in infrastructure improvements at Christ Church National Historic Site of Canada. Built between 1859 and 1866 at the height of the Gold Rush era, the high quality construction of the Gothic Revival style church is a reminder to Canadians of the extensive efforts made to establish British institutions in the new colonies of British Columbia.

"This small but carefully-crafted church is a cherished building that draws tourists to the quiet community of Hope and helps us better understand the settlement of British Columbia. I am pleased to see it restored for future generations" said Minister Strahl.

Through Parks Canada's National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will be contributing up to $26,812 to support the repair of period windows at Christ Church National Historic Site of Canada. The square windows are reminiscent of the Crystal Palace in London, which housed the great Exhibition in 1851. The building was an inspiration for Reverend Pringle, who raised funds for the church construction.

"Last year, we had an act of vandalism turn into a very timely discovery as a window was destroyed in our historic church. When we took it out to repair it, we discovered extensive dry rot that needed immediate attention," said Darla Dickinson, supervisor of Christ Church National Historic Site. "With this funding, we are honouring Reverend Pringle's legacy by focusing on the windows which were so important to him."

"Our Government plays a leadership role in the protection of Canada's heritage buildings and national historic sites," said Minister Prentice. "We recognize just how important history, heritage and tourism are to the economy of Hope and its neighbouring communities. Through the Cost-sharing Program we can revitalize historic buildings and the communities that proudly care for them."

Parks Canada's Cost-Sharing Program, with a budget of $20 million provided in part by Canada's Economic Action Plan, reflects the government's desire to support job creation by providing funding for conservation of national historic sites.

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

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