Community celebration and opening of new and exciting discovery trails at St. Lawrence Islands National Park
MALLORYTOWN, ONTARIO, SEPTEMBER 26, 2009–Mr. Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today honoured local residents who are doing their part for the environment while celebrating the opening of revitalized visitor infrastructure in a ceremony at St. Lawrence Islands National Park. The recognitions and trail opening ceremony were included as part of a day of activities and special events entitled “A Celebration of New Places and Familiar Faces.”“I am proud to represent this region in Ottawa, and very pleased to honour the many citizen volunteers and community partners of all ages who get involved with St. Lawrence Islands National Park,” said Mr. Brown. “When contributing and supporting the work of Parks Canada, you make our communities a healthier and greener place to live and you contribute to ensuring that this living legacy is preserved for future generations.”
Upgrades and new recreational activities have been implemented to enhance visitor opportunities and accessibility to the park, including at Landon Bay, Jones Creek and the Visitor Centre area at Mallorytown Landing.
“It is a great pleasure to open the new walking trails and the revitalized facilities at St. Lawrence Islands National Park,” said Minister Prentice. “Up until now, this park has largely been perceived as a boat-access only site. From now on, visitors to the park will enjoy opportunities for inspiring and memorable experiences on the mainland. Hence, a larger audience will have the chance to discover and enjoy the natural and cultural treasures that this beautiful region has to offer.”
In addition to the new trails, which offer activities ranging from leisurely strolls to more challenging hikes, visitors will now have access to a new play area and sculptures through which they will learn about the First Nations of Akwesasne and their relationship with the land. Also, the work of the winners of the “Leaders of the Landscape” Program can now be enjoyed at the Day Use Area at Mallorytown Landing.
Established in 1904 as a result of community vision and desire to protect a portion of the Thousand Islands for public enjoyment, St. Lawrence Islands National Park has become a tiny jewel in the network of 42 national parks across Canada. Parks Canada works to ensure Canada’s cultural and natural heritage are presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future.
Office of the Minister of the Environment
Visitor Experience Manager
St. Lawrence Islands National Park