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July 09, 2010 11:08 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at McAdam Railway Station National Historic Site of Canada

Important national historic site in McAdam receives funding

MCADAM, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - July 9, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Gregory Thompson, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, today announced that the Government of Canada will be investing in infrastructure improvements at the McAdam Railway Station National Historic Site of Canada. Built during a period of tremendous growth and expansion for the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Chateau-style McAdam Railway Station is one of the rare surviving examples of a combined railway station and hotel. 

"The McAdam Historical Restoration Committee should be commended on their tireless efforts to restore and preserve the McAdam Railway Station" said the Honourable Gregory Thompson. "The railway station has become an important tourist destination with clear economic and cultural benefits to McAdam, and New Brunswick."

Through Parks Canada's National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will be delivering up to $209,500 to support building conservation at the McAdam Railway Station National Historic Site of Canada.

"Our Government plays a leadership role in the protection of Canada's heritage buildings and national historic sites," said Minister Prentice. "This funding, provided through Canada's Economic Action Plan and Parks Canada's Cost-Sharing Program, will contribute to the preservation of the McAdam Railway Station's heritage values and will help to ensure its support to local economies, as well as to the fabric of national historic sites."

Today the McAdam Railway Station is owned and managed by the McAdam Historical Restoration Commission, and is the cultural centerpiece of the village of McAdam. "This funding from Parks Canada is another step towards the protection and restoration of this beautiful heritage icon, the McAdam Railway Station" said Mayor Frank Carroll. "The money will be used to complete the canopies, an integral part of the Station's overall appearance."

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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