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2 for 1 deal on Canadian Historic Canals

January 19, 2015 Chambly, Québec
 
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced Parks Canada is offering boaters a unique opportunity to double their experience along several of Canada’s exceptional historic waterways in Ontario and Quebec this spring. Motorized and non-motorized boaters who purchase a single-lock-and-return pass, a single-passage pass or a one-day pass between May 15 and June 30, will be able to redeem 2 for 1 coupons available at all lockstations, at various boat shows, and from numerous cottage associations and marinas.
 
This promotion builds upon the Government of Canada's commitment to its historic waterways, including investments of $58 million along the Trent-Severn Waterway and $7.5 million along the Rideau Canal for infrastructure improvements. In addition, the Government enhanced visitor service on the Rideau Canal and Trent-Severn Waterway with extended operating hours to support tourism, economic development and help Canadians connect with the incredible experiences along these important heritage waterways.
 
The historic canals, an important part of Canada’s heritage, are steeped in beauty, making them exceptional locations to participate in some of our country’s living history. The Government of Canada remains committed to providing opportunities for seasoned and first-time boaters alike to experience canals multiple times with this promotion, or bring a friend along for their boating adventure.
 
Through initiatives like these, Parks Canada is supporting Canada's National Conservation Plan by taking concrete action to connect Canadians to nature. In addition, the ongoing work of Park s Canada is enhancing visitor experience and facilitating personal connections with Parks Canada places.
 
Quick Facts
Until June 30, 2 for 1 coupons are available and can be redeemed by motorized or non-motorized boaters who purchase a single-lock-and-return pass, a single-passage pass or a one-day pass between May 15 and June 30.
The coupons are available at all lockstations, at various boat shows (Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City) and from numerous cottage associations and marinas.
All revenues generated by Parks Canada canal operations are invested back into the canals.
The historic canals are premier tourism destinations that foster recreation and economic development, generate revenue and ultimately build strong communities and support Canadian families.
 
 
Quotes
 
“Our Government is committed to connecting Canadians to places of historical and cultural significance such as Canada's historical canals. We will continue working with our partners and communities to allow canals to be premier tourism destinations, generate revenue, foster recreation and economic development, and ultimately build strong communities and support Canadian families. Our record investments in Canada's canals will allow Parks Canada to welcome boaters and canal users as they discover one of the finest interconnected systems of navigation in the world.”
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
 
“Boating Ontario encourages new and experienced boaters to take full advantage of this valuable promotional offer by Parks Canada. The heritage canals comprise some of Ontario’s most scenic and historic boating and excellent initiatives such as this 2 for 1 coupon foster recreation on our waterways."
Al Donaldson, Executive Director, Boating Ontario
 
“The Quebec Marine Association is delighted by Parks Canada’s initiative that will help foster tourism, recreational boating and water sports in Canada’s historic canals, one of the world’s most beautiful waterways network.”
Yves Paquette, General Manager, Quebec Marine Association
 
 
Associated Links
 
More information can be found on www.pc.gc.ca/canals
 
 
Contact:
 
Simon Boiteau
Partnering and Communications Officer
Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada  514 452-9416
www.twitter.com/QuebecCanals
 
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