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March 18, 2009 12:15 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Two National Historic Sites in the Heart of Quebec City

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

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 18, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced today that the Government of Canada will finalize plans to revitalize the Cartier-Brebeuf park and to restore Maillou House in the heart of the historic district of Old-Quebec. 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. "Investing in Cartier-Brebeuf park and Maillou House will not only help preserve and improve these National Historic Sites of Canada. It will also support tourism in Quebec City and help stimulate the local economy."

Each of these projects will receive $1.5 million in support from the federal government.

The Cartier-Brebeuf National Historic Site will be fully landscaped as part of the renaturalization of Lairet River. The work includes a visitor's booth with an interpretative component, street furniture and a paved bicycle path. In total, the project, which began in 2008, will have received a total of $4.0 million dollars from the Government of Canada after this final phase is completed.

"This project is a priority for people in my riding. I am proud to support this initiative, which will give visitors and residents a magnificent, completely renovated park. Through this investment, the Cartier-Brebeuf National Historic Site of Canada can return to its vocation as a lively meeting place," MP Sylvie Boucher enthusiastically pointed out.

The project to renovate the Maillou House National Historic Site of Canada will help preserve this irreplaceable cultural resource. The work to be done will include restoring the roof, doors and windows, and masonry. As a result, this prestigious 300-year-old dwelling will continue to be a major architectural element in the heart of the historic district of Old-Quebec.

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.

Cartier-Brebeuf National Historic Site of Canada

The Cartier-Brebeuf National Historic Site of Canada commemorates the winter spent by Jacques Cartier and his companions in 1535-1536, near the Iroquois village of Stadacona. It also pays tribute to the establishment in 1625-1626 of the first Jesuit mission in Quebec.

Maillou House National Historic Site of Canada

Built in 1736 by Jean-Baptiste Maillou, this prestigious home is recognized as having national historical significance because of its historic and architectural value, taking into consideration that it is an example of French architecture, that well-known figures lived there and that it records a military presence in Quebec City. Part of the Fortifications of Quebec National Historic Site, the house was given classified building status by the Federal Heritage Building Review Office in 1990.

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Contact Information

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