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Canada : Government of Canada Invests in British Columbia.

Canadas 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, including the history, cultures and contributions of Indigenous Peoples.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $38 million for various infrastructure projects at Parks Canada sites in coastal British Columbia. Jonathan Wilkinson, member of Parliament for North Vancouver and Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, made the announcement today on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna. Mr. Wilkinson was joined by local Members of Parliament John Aldag and Joe Peschisolido.

As part of Budget 2016, $17.7 million is being invested in a new biking and walking trail in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. This is part of the governments $191 million investment in Parks Canada to improve tourism and highway assets in several of Canadas national parks.

Additionally, $21 million in funding will support visitor services at Parks Canada sites in coastal British Columbia through the rehabilitation of existing infrastructure. This is part of the $3 billion invested by Parks Canada over five years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

Included in the funding are improvements to Wick Road in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, which provides the only vehicle access to several popular visitor areas, as well as the rehabilitation of the Kwisitis Visitor Centre. These two projects will provide the opportunity for more Canadians, including youth and newcomers, to experience nature and connect with the culture and history of the area.

Fort Rodd Hill, Gulf of Georgia Cannery, and Fort Langley national historic sites are also receiving funding that will contribute to visitor safety and ensure the long-term preservation of their historic structures. This includes roof repairs, window replacement, and upgrades to fire suppression, ventilation and water systems.

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.

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