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The Government of Canada Invests in Prince Albert National Park
Funding to enhance visitor facilities and campgrounds
September 13, 2016 Waskesiu Lake, Saskatchewan Parks Canada Agency
Canada’s national parks and historic sites belong to all Canadians. They represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell the stories of who we are. Prince Albert National Park is representative of these natural and cultural treasures that attract millions of visitors every year and support local economies nationwide.
Today, Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Regina–Wascana (Saskatchewan), on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, announced over $5 million in funding for projects to improve visitor facilities in Prince Albert National Park.
Through this investment, a number of campgrounds throughout the park will be revitalized and the visitor facilities at the popular Waskesiu Lake main beach will be improved. This means that more Canadians, including youth and newcomers, can experience the outdoors, learn about our heritage and have the best possible visitor experience in Prince Albert National Park.
Investments in visitor infrastructure – such as trails, visitor centres and campgrounds, as well as highways, parkways and bridges – will ensure the quality and reliability of visitor facilities and continue to allow Canadians to connect with nature.
“The Government is committed to preserving our national parks, while enabling more Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn about our environment and heritage. I am pleased to announce this investment to improve the visitor facilities and campgrounds at Prince Albert National Park. The projects announced today will ensure safe, high-quality experiences for Canadians and visitors from around the world to this national treasure, while also supporting the local economy and contributing to the growth of the tourism sector.”
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Regina–Wascana (Saskatchewan)
- Prince Albert National Park attracts 250,000 visitors annually, with more than 80% of them also visiting the resort townsite of Waskesiu.
- While Prince Albert National Park is open to outdoor enthusiasts year-round, it also supports a seasonal townsite and commercial business community that operate between mid-April and October.
- Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas.
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