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Harper Government announces new infrastructure investments in The Forks National Historic Site

The Honourable Kevin Sorenson, Minister of State for Finance and Member of Parliament for Crowfoot, and Lawrence Toet, Member of Parliament for Elmwood—Transcona, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced infrastructure investments totalling $1.8 million at The Forks National Historic Site.

“Our Government continues to build the economy and create jobs by investing in infrastructure across Canada. The Forks National Historic Site is also an important part of Winnipeg’s tourism and I am proud of our Government’s commitment to making these investments so that Canadians can connect to the Forks’ historic legacy.”

The Honourable Kevin Sorenson, Minister of State for Finance and Member of Parliament for Crowfoot

These investments will create jobs and improve infrastructure for Winnipeg. The Government’s investment includes improvements to the lighting along the riverwalk and upper pathways; replacing the pergola timbers and improving the visitor support space at the Orientation Circle; vegetation management along the riverwalk; replacing outdated signage on site; and flood damage repairs to the amphitheatre, riverwalk and boat dock.

These projects are the result of an unprecedented investment by the Government of Canada to support infrastructure work in our national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas. This investment represents the largest federal infrastructure plan in the 104-year history of Parks Canada, ensuring these cherished places are protected and secured for the future while also creating and protecting jobs and opportunities.

Quick facts

  • As a traditional First Nations and Métis stopping and meeting place for over 6,000 years, The Forks has been used continuously over time for transportation, trade and settlement. Its strategic location at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers connected it to a vast continental network of water routes.
  • Visitors can enjoy many activities at The Forks National Historic Site including playing in the world-class Variety Heritage Adventure Park, discovering 6,000 years of history on a guided tour, and solving a “history mystery” by finding hidden geocaches.
  • The Forks National Historic Site welcomes an average of 70,000 visitors per year.  Last year, more than 21 million visits were made to Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.
  • Parks Canada is present in hundreds of communities across Canada and contributes approximately
    $3 billion dollars to the Canadian economy every year. Parks Canada’s overall contribution to the Canadian economy is responsible for more than 40,000 jobs from coast to coast to coast.

“Our Government is committed to promoting our natural and cultural heritage. Investments at The Forks National Historic Site’s visitor infrastructure will help ensure visitors continue to enjoy a quality visitor experience while also helping them learn about the rich history this national historic site has to offer.”

-ThLawrence Toet, Member of Parliament for Elmwood—Transcona

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