Government of Canada Supports Tourism Development in Arviat

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 Arctic Council

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.

Quick Facts

  • CanNor is investing $106,964 in the eco-park design work with the Hamlet of Arviat contributing $26,741. The total investment amount is $133,705.
  • 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."

Leona Aglukkaq
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."

Bob Leonard
Hamlet of Arviat

Associated Links

CanNor Invests in Nunavut's Tourism Sector -

Canada Invests in Nunavut Tourism Initiatives -

SOURCE: Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

For further information:

Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Ted Laking

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Craig Welsh
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
Bob Leonard

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