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July 28, 2011 11:00 ET

Parks Canada Celebrates its 100th Anniversary at the Rideau Canal Festival

Government of Canada proud to support the Rideau Canal Festival

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 28, 2011) - The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, is pleased to announce that Parks Canada is supporting the Rideau Canal Festival.

"Parks Canada is pleased to support and invest in the Rideau Canal Festival," said Minister Kent. "It is a wonderful community celebration that helps create awareness and appreciation for the Rideau Canal and its important status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site."

The Rideau Canal Festival is an excellent opportunity for local and international visitors to see and learn more about this world-class destination. This year, the Rideau Canal Festival will take place from July 28 to August 1, 2011. Events and activities will be held at Confederation Park (gated), the Bytown Museum/ Ottawa Locks and Dows Lake Pavilion.

The investment will be used to support the many activities being planned at the festival such as the "Rideau Heritage Experience", which will highlight the communities and attractions along the Rideau corridor from Ottawa to Kingston; and "Canal Art" an activity encouraging visual and performing artists to interpret and celebrate the UNESCO World Heritage designation of the Rideau Canal in their own way. Parks Canada's 100th anniversary will also be highlighted throughout the festival.

"The collaboration between Parks Canada and the Rideau Canal Festival is even more significant this year, as Parks Canada is celebrating its 100th anniversary," added Alan Latourelle, Parks Canada CEO. "I am extremely proud of the relationship between Parks Canada and the Rideau Canal Festival, and the work that has been done by both organizations throughout the years to bring the Rideau Canal's unique heritage to life for thousands of residents and visitors to the Nation's Capital."

Parks Canada works to ensure Canada's historic and natural heritage is protected and, through a network of 42 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 more information on the Rideau Canal please visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca .

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