SIDNEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2012) -
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On behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Ms. Michelle Rempel, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre-North and Parliament Secretary to the Minister of the Environment, today announced that Gulf Islands National Park Reserve will be expanding with new protected lands on Pender, Saturna and Prevost islands.
"I am thrilled to announce that more spectacular coastal habitat will be added to Gulf Islands National Park Reserve which sits on the doorstep of Vancouver and Victoria," said Ms. Rempel. "I know Canadians and visitors from around the world will have incredible experiences in this special place for generations to come."
The new properties are a mix of waterfront and forested areas, including more than 2,700 metres of shoreline with sandy and pebble beaches. This expansion will lead to the development of new hiking trails, day-use areas, and walk-in or boat-in camping. The growth of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve will also ensure that more of Canada's rare Garry oak ecosystem is protected.
All of the purchased lands were acquired from willing sellers at fair market value. The Saturna Island lands were transferred from Environment Canada to Parks Canada.
"Today's announcement is another example of our government's strong record on the environment, particularly in the area of conservation" said Minister Kent. "Since 2006, the Harper Government has added nearly 150,000 square kilometres of new park lands and waters."
Parks Canada works to ensure Canada's historic and natural heritage is protected and, through a network of 44 national parks, 167 national historic sites, and four national marine conservation areas, invites Canadians and people around the world to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery at 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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