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Parks Canada

February 20, 2008 10:15 ET

The Government of Canada Takes Action to Revitalize Cartier-Brebeuf

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2008) - On behalf of Canada's Environment Minister John Baird, the Member of Parliament for Beauport(Limoilou, Sylvie Boucher, today announced a $2.5 million contribution to revitalize a portion of the Lairet River located within Cartier-Brebeuf National Historic Site of Canada.

"Our Government is proud to support this project that will restore Lairet River while preserving the site's integrity," said Ms. Boucher. "This important investment will allow the people of my riding to regain a magnificent urban space, right here in Quebec City."

This project will preserve, improve and promote Cartier-Brebeuf National Historic Site of Canada in time for the 400th anniversary of Quebec City. Our Government will spend $2.5 million on removing the current canalization, restoring Lairet River's original bed, and consolidating its banks and shores. The revitalization project began in January and will be completed at the end of May. During construction, cyclists will keep access to the bicycle path.

Cartier-Brebeuf National Historic Site of Canada commemorates the period in 1535-1536 when Jacques Cartier and his shipmates wintered near the Iroquoian village of Stadacona. This national historic site also pays tribute to the establishment of the first residence of the Jesuit missionaries in Quebec, in 1625-1626. Cartier-Brebeuf is part of Parks Canada's system of national parks and national historic sites in Quebec, which provide visitors with exceptional heritage experiences.

Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Parks Canada - Quebec
    Lise Rochette
    Senior Communications Advisor
    418-648-4539