Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada announced that 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 lock stations, at various boat shows, and from numerous cottage associations and marinas.
"Our Government is committed to connecting Canadians to places of historical and cultural significance such as Canada's historical canals,' says The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq. "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.'
Both Ontario and Quebec's recreational boating associations support the move.
"Boating Ontario encourages new and experienced boaters to take full advantage of this valuable promotional offer by Parks Canada,' says Al Donaldson, Executive Director, Boating Ontario. "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.”
"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,' says Yves Paquette, General Manager, Quebec Marine Association.
Aglukkaq says 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 enjoy these iconic heritage waterways.
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 lock stations, at various Canadian boat shows and from numerous cottage associations and marinas.
All revenues generated by Parks Canada canal operations are invested back into the canals. Through initiatives like these, Parks Canada says it is supporting Canada's National Conservation Plan by taking action to connect Canadians to nature.