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April 07, 2009 14:13 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Key Tourism and Heritage Infrastructure in the Monteregie Region

Canada's Economic Action Plan supports National Historic Sites of Canada in the Monteregie region

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 7, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for Lotbiniere-Chutes-de-la-Chaudiere, today announced a $4.6 million investment towards major improvements to visitor infrastructures at the Chambly Canal and Fort Chambly National Historic Sites of Canada. The announcement is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"Canada's Economic Action Plan is our government's plan to stimulate our economy during the global recession, said Mr. Gourde. "This investment bears witness to the importance of these National Historic Sites in the Monteregie region. In addition to its immediate benefits, the work to be carried out at the Chambly Canal and Fort Chambly sites will also have a significant impact on tourism and the local economy."

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.

The $4.2 million earmarked for the Chambly Canal National Historic Site of Canada will be used to recapitalize locks 3 and 4, restore Bridge No. 9, build a service area, complete the restoration of the lockmaster's house and replace outdoor signs. At the Fort Chambly National Historic Site of Canada, outdoor signs will be replaced and activity and exhibition areas will be upgraded, at a total cost of $375,000.

"Canada's National Historic Sites are deeply rooted in their respective communities where they play an important role," said minister Prentice. "I am proud of our Government's commitment to maintaining and ensuring a safe access to these well-loved cultural and recreational attractions that are enjoyed by both the local population and tourists. The investment will offer visitors a first-class experience."

Located along the Richelieu River, the Chambly Canal played a key role in the 19th century in Quebec's forest products industry and in the shipping of these products to the burgeoning United States market. Its nine locks allowed barges to bypass the rapids and overcome the considerable difference in level between the Chambly basin and the Upper Richelieu.

Fort Chambly stands on the banks of the Richelieu River, at the foot of the Chambly Rapids. Dating from 1711, this imposing stone sentry was able to withstand the upheavals of the history of New France, and now stands as an invaluable witness to the French presence in North America. Fort Chambly was restored in 1983 and exhibitions recounting key moments of the history of New France are now presented within its walls.

These sites are part of the Parks Canada network of national parks and national historic sites in Quebec, which provide visitors with exceptional heritage experiences.

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Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Melissa Larose
    Communications Adviser