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Two additional Island sites to be added to national francophone tourism corridor

Participating in the official launching of the P.E.I. section of the national Francophone Heritage, Culture and Tourism Corridor in Abram-Village, are, from left, Sonny Gallant, minister of Workforce and Advanced Studies; Jeannette Blaquière, board member of the Acadian Musical Village; Martin Marcoux, board member of RDÉE Canada and president of RDÉE P.E.I.; and Jeanne Gallant, president of the Agricultural Exhibition and Acadian Festival.
Participating in the official launching of the P.E.I. section of the national Francophone Heritage, Culture and Tourism Corridor in Abram-Village, are, from left, Sonny Gallant, minister of Workforce and Advanced Studies; Jeannette Blaquière, board member of the Acadian Musical Village; Martin Marcoux, board member of RDÉE Canada and president of RDÉE P.E.I.; and Jeanne Gallant, president of the Agricultural Exhibition and Acadian Festival. - Contributed

ABRAM-VILLAGE – Mill River Golf Course in Woodstock and Parks Canada’s Green Gables Heritage Place in Cavendish, which both offer services in French, will soon be added to the national Francophone Heritage, Culture and Tourism Corridor. They will join 12 P.E.I. heritage sites and attractions that are already part of the list.

Martin Marcoux, board member with RDÉE Canada and president of RDÉE Prince Edward Island, made the announcement in Abram-Village during the official launching ceremony of the P.E.I. portion of the national corridor.

He also noted that a second phase of the project, to be announced in the near future, will also allow for the addition of still more Island members.

Marcoux explained that the first phase of the corridor is a joint initiative of RDÉE Canada and its provincial and territorial partners (including RDÉE P.E.I.) that was funded by Canadian Heritage on the occasion of Canada 150.

Its objective is to promote French tourism in Canada in the hope of increasing revenues for the tourism sector. The corridor accepts as members various types of heritage and tourism sites that provide services in French.

Last winter, Canadian Heritage announced that some 130 heritage sites and 160 tourism products throughout the country were already part of the corridor. That number has continued to increase. Organizers are hoping to soon have 150 heritage sites and 200 tourism products.

Each of the P.E.I. sites has its own page on the national web portal www.corridorcanada.ca. These pages contain a description of the attraction, images and photos, instructions on how to get there, as well as a link to its own website. Five of the Island pages also contain a professionally produced video.

The Island section also contains an overall description about the Island’s francophonie.

P.E.I. sites

The five P.E.I. heritage sites that are included in the national Francophone Heritage, Culture and Tourism Corridor are:

Doucet House and the Farmers Bank of Rustico;

Skmaqn-Port-La-Joye-Fort Amherst National Park in Rocky Point;

Acadian Museum of P.E.I. in Miscouche;

Province House in Charlottetown;

Roma at Three Rivers in Montague.

The seven P.E.I. tourist attractions included in the corridor are:

Acadian Musical Village (and the National Acadian Holiday) in Abram-Village;

Island Artisan Cheesehouse in Mont-Carmel;

Atlantic Fiddlers’ Jamboree in Mont-Carmel;

The Bottle Houses in Cape Egmont;

Rendez-Vous Rustico;

The Acadian Community of Abram-Village (with its various festivals);

Coopérative de développement culturel et patrimonial de Mont-Carmel.

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