Parks Canada

Parks Canada

May 22, 2009 10:20 ET

Government of Canada Invests in La Mauricie National Park

Canada's Economic Action Plan invests in recreational infrastructures and the health of ecosystems in La Mauricie National Park

SAINT-JEAN-DES-PILES, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 22, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament for Levis-Bellechasse, today announced a major investment in La Mauricie National Park. 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. Blaney. "The Canadian government is taking concrete action to support the economy by investing in the recreational infrastructures administered by Parks Canada at La Mauricie National Park. Our government is proud to contribute to the dynamic and vibrant tourism industry in the greater La Mauricie area."

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.

In La Mauricie National Park, $1.25 million will be invested to enhance the recreational infrastructures. Moreover, the restoration of the park's ecosystems will benefit from $3.2 million provided by Parks Canada's Action on the Ground program.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support the economy through its significant investments in La Mauricie National Park, the favourite destination for more than 140,000 tourists each year. With funds totalling $4.45 million, the park will be able to improve its recreational infrastructures to offer a better visitor experience and continue its efforts to restore the ecosystems. Witness to the Laurentian heritage, La Mauricie National Park is a magnificent place that must be protected so that it may continue to provide memorable experiences for present and future generations," said Minister Prentice.

During the event Mr. Blaney took time to celebrate International Biodiversity Day with youth from various La Mauricie elementary and secondary schools. The students and Mr. Blaney participated in a brook trout reintroduction activity in lake Bouchard catchment area.

La Mauricie National Park is part of the Parks Canada network of national parks and national historic sites in Quebec, which provide visitors with exceptional heritage experiences. Visitors to La Mauricie National Park take advantage of a two-year fee freeze currently in effect in all national parks and national historic sites managed by Parks Canada.

Also available 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
    Priscille Bourque
    Communications Advisor
    418-648-4984