Investment of over $50M in the Ottawa region - Le Groupe Village Vacances Valcartier to build the largest water amusement park in Canada near Ottawa

    OTTAWA, Jan. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Le Groupe Village Vacances Valcartier today
announced the construction of the SUNNYLAND Amusement Resort which will
include an immense water theme amusement park and campground. The inauguration
is scheduled for next year in the Ottawa region. Located in the Municipality
of The Nation in the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, this major
destination will involve an investment of over 50 million dollars and will
generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic benefits for the National
Capital region and Eastern Ontario.
    In Ottawa today to make the official announcement, Mr. Guy Drouin,
President and Chief Executive Officer of Village Vacances Valcartier and the
project's promoter, was very enthusiastic: "I am very proud to announce the
start of construction and the opening of the park scheduled for June 2009.
Located in a unique venue between Ottawa and Montreal, there is no doubt that
SUNNYLAND will become the greatest water theme amusement park in Canada!"
    Known as a world-class leader in developing this type of amusement
destination, Le Groupe Village Vacances Valcartier has been studying its
feasibility for almost two years. SUNNYLAND will be spread out over an area of
460 acres. The County Warden of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell,
Mr. Ken Hill, is delighted about the good news: "This is a structuring project
for all of Eastern Ontario. It is obvious that the economic benefits will be
significant, along with the visibility that Le Groupe Village Vacances
Valcartier will provide to the Prescott-Russell region. A new cornerstone will
be created for a stronger tourism industry."
    Mr. Richard Legault, a Councillor in The Nation Municipality, was also
delighted with the announcement: "We are very excited about the role that our
municipality will play in this project and the partnership that was developed
right from the very start with the promoter. The corporate commitment
demonstrated by Mr. Drouin, as well as his team, will serve as a true economic
development engine in our region."
    Until opening day, the first phase of the development of SUNNYLAND will
involve an investment of $30M. The entire project will involve more than $50M
over a 10-year period, including $8M in infrastructure costs alone. A study
ordered by the Council of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell in 2006
estimated regional economic benefits will be more than $750M over the first
10 years of operation and that 550 full-time seasonal jobs will be created.
    Le Groupe Village Vacances Valcartier also wanted to underline the great
cooperation and sustained support provided by the representatives of the
United Counties of Prescott and Russell, The Nation Municipality, the region's
Chambers of Commerce and Ontario MPP Jean-Marc Lalonde over the last
two years. Mr. Drouin recognized that a project of this magnitude would never
have seen the light of day without that cooperation and financial support of
the Government of Ontario.

    The promoter

    Established since 1963, Village Vacances Valcartier is one of the most
appreciated tourism destinations in North America. Widely recognized as the
largest water amusement park in Canada and the largest winter playground in
America, it offers a myriad of activities enjoyed by its family clientele,
which grows every year. Today, with over 35 year-round employees, 500 seasonal
jobs, $50M investment and over 10 million visitors, Village Vacances
Valcartier tops the list of major economic players in Quebec's tourism sector.

For further information:

For further information: Marie-Josée Lapointe, (613) 355-3011,; Ginette Robert, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing,
Village Vacances Valcartier, 1-888-384-5524, ext. 236,

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