The largest aquatic amusement park in Canada will be called Calypso Park


    Recent announcement of an investment of over $50 M in the Ottawa region:
    Sunnyland changes its name

    OTTAWA, March 10 /CNW Telbec/ - It was with great pride that le groupe
Village Vacances Valcartier announced today that the Sunnyland
recreation-tourism complex will officially change its name to Calypso Park.
    Village Vacances Valcartier President and General Manager, and promoter
of the Calypso Park project, Mr Guy Drouin, explained that the decision stems
from consultations that have taken place since January 8. "We became aware of
the comments concerning the linguistic concerns of the region's residents on
the choice of Sunnyland and we decided to change it to a bilingual name".
Mr. Drouin also pointed out that he very much wants the implementation of the
project to unfold in harmony with the local community. "As a major
recreation-tourism destination, we feel confident that this change will help
make Calypso Park a source of pride for citizens of the greater region of
Prescott and Russell. Also, as a result of its strategic geographic location
between Ottawa and Montreal, Calypso Park will become the greatest waterpark
in Canada."

    CONSTRUCTION OF THE LARGEST WATERPARK IN CANADA

    Construction of what promises to be the largest waterpark in Canada began
a few weeks ago. "Deforestation has been completed and we will begin
excavation in a few days. Also, several contracts have already been agreed to
and we foresee construction being in full operation with the arrival of
spring" added Mr. Drouin. As early as June of 2009, the waterpark, which will
possess the special characteristic of presenting theme attractions, will offer
over 35 slides, an adventure river, a huge 40,000 sq. ft. wave pool (twice the
size of its counterpart at Village Vacances Valcartier), over one hundred
water games as well as several restaurants, terraces and furnished picnic
areas.

    INVESTMENTS AND BENEFITS

    From now until the opening of Calypso Park in June of 2009, the first
phase of development will require $30 M in investments. The entire project
will total over $50 M over a 10-year period, including $8 M alone for the
development of its infrastructures. A study ordered by the Council of the
United Counties of Prescott and Russell in November of 2006 estimated that the
regional economic benefits would total more than $750 M over the first
10 years of operation, that 550 seasonal full-time jobs would be created and
that there would be substantial tax revenues for all levels of government.



For further information: Marie-Josée Lapointe, (613) 355-3011,
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