HALIFAX, June 29, 2013 /CNW/ - On the start of the Canada Day long
weekend, to mark the first-ever Canada History Week, the Honourable
James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and
Member of Parliament for Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam, visited
one of Canada's National Historic Sites, the Halifax Citadel.
"The Halifax Citadel endures as a gateway to Canada's military heritage,
a passage to nationhood, and a place where visitors can experience 200
years of history and learn an important chapter of Canada's story,"
said Minister Moore. "This site and the Canadian Museum of Immigration
at Pier 21 are just two of the many wonderful historical centres
Halifax has to offer."
Located in the heart of downtown Halifax and close to the bustling
waterfront, the impressive star-shaped fort is one of Canada's most
popular landmarks. The Halifax Citadel protected the most strategic
natural harbour in North America from its founding, to the War of 1812
and through two World Wars. Today, guided tours, soldiers, period
rooms, bagpipes and the noon-day cannon help visitors step back in time
to life in a 19th century fort.
"Our country is filled with many notable historical places such as the
Halifax Citadel. Parks Canada is the proud steward of 167 national
historic sites across Canada," said the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister
of the Environment, Minister responsible for Parks Canada and Member of
Parliament for Thornhill. "I invite everyone to appreciate and connect
with these Canadian treasures and learn more about the history of the
remarkable men, women, places and events that have made our country
"We have an unprecedented opportunity to celebrate our history and the
achievements that define who we are as Canadians, especially as we
approach Canada's 150th birthday in 2017," said Minister Moore. "During Canada History Week, I
invite all Canadians to take the opportunity to learn about the people,
places and events that have made Canada the united, strong, and free
country we are today."
Beginning on Canada Day 2013, Canadians from coast to coast to coast
will mark the first-ever Canada History Week. This week is an
opportunity for all Canadians to learn about this country's rich
To learn more about Canada History Week, visit www.canadianheritage.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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