Eco-park will increase potential of Arviat as a tourism destination
Office of the Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian
Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the
IQALUIT, Sept. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, Minister Aglukkaq announced an
investment in design work for a proposed eco-park in Arviat as part of
the Government of Canada's broader strategy to increase economic growth
and attract more tourists to the North.
The proposed eco-park in the Kivalliq Region will consist of a large
reserve of wetlands, with walking trails and interpretive materials. It
will educate visitors and residents about the land, wildlife, history,
and traditions of Arviat and surrounding area. With this funding, a
design will be developed that will include a budget and a formal
concept for the park.
CanNor is investing $106,964 in the eco-park design work with the Hamlet
of Arviat contributing $26,741. The total investment amount is
The project involves the technical design of a local community park
including a natural park, wetland reserve, and recreational facilities.
The Canadian Federal Tourism Strategy cities Canada's North as one with
strong growth potential. Arviat's ecotourism work has been recognized
nationally by the Canadian Tourism Awards in 2012 and internationally
with an award from the World Travel and Tourism Council in 2014.
"Our Government continues to invest in developing a dynamic tourism
industry in the North that sustains a variety of successful businesses
and creates new job opportunities for residents living in Northern
communities. Through our partnership with local leaders, Arviat's
eco-park has the potential to become a significant contributor to
economic growth in the community."
Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic
Development Agency, and Minister for the Arctic Council
"The Arviat Eco-Park is a unique, Hamlet-led and community-driven
project. When completed, our eco-park will be a great space for both
Arviammiut and visitors to enjoy the land, experience tradition and
culture, and learn about our delicate eco-systems and wildlife. It will
provide much-need educational and recreational space for our young and
rapidly growing population, and be a great resource for attracting
tourists and visitors to our community. The Hamlet of Arviat is excited
to be able to move this project forward with the help of CanNor."
Hamlet of Arviat
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SOURCE: Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Communications Advisor, Nunavut Region
CanNor works to help develop a diversified, sustainable and dynamic economy across Canada's three territories, and delivers on its northern mandate through funding programs, the Northern Projects Management Office and by undertaking policy and research.
Hamlet of Arviat
For more information about CanNor, visit cannor.gc.ca
For more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit: northernstrategy.ca