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October 13, 2010 11:40 ET

Rejuvenation of Lighthouse Station at Petite Ile au Marteau and Refurbishment of Facilities at Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve of Canada

Canada's Economic Action Plan at work in the Minganie

HAVRE-SAINT-PIERRE, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 13, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for Lotbinière—Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, today announced the completion of the work performed on the lighthouse station at Petite île au Marteau and that major refurbishment work of other facilities at Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve is well underway. This event marks the fulfillment of a project made possible, in part, through funding from Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"The renovation work performed on the lighthouse station at Petite île au Marteau and improvement of visitor's facilities on the islands will enhance tourist attractions in the Minganie," said Mr. Gourde. "Thanks to these projects, new products will be developed which will further diversify services offered by Parks Canada as well as increase interest among cruise promoters for this beautiful area. Moreover, these improvements will contribute to enhance the reputation of this choice stopover." 

These investments amount to over $2 million dollars, with almost $1.2 million provided through funding from Canada's Economic Action Plan. The lighthouse station at Petite île au Marteau, includes expanding wharves, modifying trails and enhancing visitor facilities. The project will make it possible to welcome visitors arriving by cruise ship and provide them the opportunity to have a wide range of memorable experiences.

"Canada's Economic Action Plan allowed the Government of Canada to invest in crucial heritage and tourism elements which are part of the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve," said Minister Prentice. "This investment will help preserve and enhance this unique location to the delight of the local population as well as visitors, who will now be able to take part in new experiences." 

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. A total of $374 million dollars was invested in the refurbishment of Parks Canada facilities within the framework of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

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

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