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September 10, 2010 16:00 ET

Government of Canada Unveils Enhanced Visitor Experience Facilities in Jasper National Park

Canada's Economic Action Plan at work in Alberta

JASPER, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport) and Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, today announced the reopening of the Mount Edith Cavell road and day-use area, a top visitor attraction in Jasper National Park. This project was made possible, in part, through funding from Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"I'm pleased today to officially reopen the Mount Edith Cavell area following the completion of this improvement project, which included upgrading access and trail opportunities in this world class visitor attraction in Jasper National Park," said Minister Merrifield. "In addition to providing local construction jobs and economic activity, this project will continue to provide long-term benefits through additional tourism opportunities in the future."

The $4 million improvement project included repaving the 11km steep and winding mountain road, addressing erosion issues, improving the day use area parking, formalizing the 'Path of the Glacier trail' and refreshing the interpretive media.

"Improvements in this area provide visitors with a safer drive, places to park and a chance to experience the beauty of the mountains in Jasper National Park," said Minister Prentice. "By investing in the infrastructure of Canada's national parks and national historic sites, our government is helping to preserve and protect these special places that are symbols of our country and tangible connections to our history."

Canada's Economic Action Plan contributed $374 million for improvements of facilities and protection of Canada's national parks and national historic sites. As a result of these investments, many skilled men and women in construction, tourism and conservation sectors are being hired in every province and territory of Canada.

Parks Canada is a world leader in managing protected areas and continues to work to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future. Through a network of 42 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and three national marine conservation areas, Parks Canada sets the stage and invites Canadians, as well as people from around the world, to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery of our treasured natural and historic places.

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

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