RBC opens the gates to Ontario Conservation Areas


    TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), in partnership
with Conservation Authorities across the province, invites the public to
participate in 'Gates Open' - a day of free admission on Sunday, June 8, at
many of Ontario's Conservation Areas(*).
    "We are very excited about our "Gates Open" partnership and believe that
this a great way to say thank you to our customers and communities, while
encouraging all Ontarians to learn more about the significance of water and
water conservation," said Rod Schaaf, RBC Royal Bank, Regional President.
    There are close to 400 Conservation Areas located throughout the province
with a wide array of unique natural landscapes and features including
important water resources that we rely on every day. Over 250 of these
locations also offer a variety of family-friendly activities for all ages of
outdoor and nature enthusiasts.
    "Stepping into nature by visiting one of our many Conservation Areas is a
great way for people to experience our environment and have some fun," said
Dick Hibma, Chair of Conservation Ontario, the provincial organization that
represents the province's 36 Conservation Authorities.
    Gates Open is a signature event in Ontario for Community Week and builds
off of RBC's Blue Water Project that was announced in late 2007.
    RBC's Community Week is taking place across the country from June 6 - 13.
To learn more about Community Week activities, please visit
www.rbc.com/communityweek. RBC is helping to build prosperity in Ontario by
supporting numerous community projects and investing more than $16 million in
2007 through charitable organizations.
    The RBC Blue Water Project is a wide-ranging, multi-year program to help
ensure that people have clean fresh water today and tomorrow. The first phase
of the RBC Blue Water Project is a grant program of $50 million over ten years
to support initiatives related to watershed protection and access to clean
drinking water.
    To learn more about Conservation Authorities, and the great work they do
in managing and protecting our watersheds, please visit
    Conservation Ontario represents the province's 36 Conservation
Authorities, leaders in watershed management throughout Ontario.

    (*) Free Admission includes fees for parking and gate admission. Does not
        include water parks and pioneer villages entrance fees. Fees for
        extra services such as camping and rentals still apply.

For further information:

For further information: Greg Skinner, Communications Manager, RBC Royal
Bank, (416) 974-5904, greg.skinner@rbc.com; Jane Lewington, Communications &
Marketing Specialist, Conservation Ontario, (905) 895-0716 ext. 222,

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