Canada's New Government launches exhibit at Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada



    KINGSTON, ON, May 20 /CNW Telbec/ - On behalf of the Honourable
John Baird, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks
Canada, Senator Hugh Segal today launched a Parks Canada exhibit during
Opening Day ceremonies held at Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada.
    This interpretive exhibit was created through a $100,000 contribution
from the Federal Government as part of the overall Rideau 175 program to
commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Rideau Canal. The exhibit illustrates
the thematic links between the Rideau Canal, Fort Henry and the Kingston
Fortifications National Historic Sites of Canada. The exhibit, through
displays and artifacts, brings to life the history of the canal - its
construction, its role throughout history, and its importance, along with the
Kingston fortifications, as a lasting symbol of turbulent times in Canadian
history. The exhibit will be housed at Fort Henry, a historic fort constructed
in the 1830s to safeguard the southern entrance of the newly completed Rideau
Canal.
    "For 175 years, the Rideau Canal has provided a vital link for
communities, businesses and boaters from Ottawa to Kingston," said
Minister Baird. "Canada's New Government is proud to work with our partners,
the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, to launch this exhibit and to share this
important piece of our Canadian history with all visitors."
    Senator Segal unveiled the exhibit at a ceremonial unlocking of the
exhibit room, along with representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, the
St. Lawrence Parks Commission and Parks Canada.
    "Kingston is very proud of its long military tradition, and this exhibit
will help visitors understand the significance of this important time in
Canadian history," said Senator Segal.
    The St. Lawrence Parks Commission, an agency of the Province of Ontario,
operates Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada under an agreement with
Parks Canada. The St. Lawrence Parks Commission brings the site to life every
summer, telling the story of the fort through the internationally renowned
Fort Henry Guard, guided tours, museum displays and special events.
    "We are delighted to have this new addition to the exhibits at Fort
Henry," said John Roberston, Manager, Fort Henry National Historic Site. "This
exhibit will help our visitors understand the important links between the
early British military establishments here in Eastern Ontario."

    The St. Lawrence Parks Commission at Fort Henry is working in partnership
with Parks Canada throughout 2007 to celebrate and commemorate the 175th
anniversary of the Rideau Canal. This exhibit at Fort Henry is a part of the
Rideau 175 celebrations to enhance visitor experiences and communicate the
importance of the Rideau Canal and the Kingston Fortification to visitors.
Other Parks Canada exhibits featuring the history of the Rideau Canal will be
presented all year long at the Rideau Canal Museum in Smiths Falls, at
Ottawa's Bytown Museum and a fourth one will be launched at the Merrickville
Blockhouse Museum later this spring.




For further information:

For further information: Pam Buell, Communications Manager, Eastern
Ontario, Parks Canada, (613) 283-7199 x 219; John Grenville, Manager of
National Historic Sites, Eastern Ontario, Parks Canda, (613) 545-8666; (Also
available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media Room.)


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