Parks Canada

Parks Canada

March 18, 2009 14:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Protecting the Levis Forts National Historic Site of Canada

Canada's Economic Action Plan supports key tourism and heritage infrastructure in greater Quebec

LEVIS, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 18, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced a new investment to support additional preservation work on Fort No. 1 in Levis. 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 Minister Prentice. "The funds for Fort No. 1 provided today will support the local economy and tourism infrastructure. Our investment in this project also reflects our government's commitment to the protection of our built heritage."

In the management plan submitted in October 2007, Parks Canada identified various interventions needed to protect this major national historic site and ensure its commemorative integrity. The funding, totalling $2.45 million, will be used to restore the casemates, repoint the walls and improve the street furniture.

"Canada's historic sites play a key role in their local communities. I am very proud that our government is committed to maintaining and preserving this unique element of our history for this generation and for those to come. This investment will serve to protect the heritage resources of this major recreational tourist area on Quebec's south shore," stated Mr. Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Levis-Bellechasse.

Located on the heights of Point Levy, Fort No. 1 is the last link in a chain of three forts built under the supervision of British military engineers between 1865 and 1872. This pentagonal-shaped fort was opened to the public in 1982 and now houses a multimedia exhibition depicting its history. The site welcomed 22,622 visitors in 2008. It offers visitor and interpretation services from May to October. Parks Canada also holds special events there, such as the Twilight Concert with the Van Doos (Royal 22e Regiment).

Also posted on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca in the Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    819-997-1441
    or
    Parks Canada
    Office of the Director General, Eastern Canada
    Priscille Bourque
    Communications Advisor
    418-648-4984