CAVENDISH – June 6, 2023 – Seven Prince Edward Island tourism sites, attractions and events have been added to the Salut Canada national francophone tourism network in time for the summer of 2023. These additions bring the total number of Island entries to 26, including six in the « Activities and Experiences » category, 15 in « Arts and Culture », one in « Accommodations », three in « Culinary Experiences » and one in « Community Portraits ».
The newly listed members are:
• Prince Edward Island National Park (Cavendish-North Rustico, Brackley-Dalvay and Greenwich)
• Green Gables Heritage Place (Cavendish)
• Festival de la chanson du Grand Ruisseau (Mont-Carmel)
• Le Festival « Meat Pie » (provincial, based in Rustico)
• Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean (Charlottetown)
• Le Café Cap-Egmont (Cap-Egmont)
• Les Productions Cuisine à Mémé (Mont-Carmel).
« We’re extremely pleased to be able to add big Island players such as the PEI National Park and Green Gables to this vast national network, which was created by RDÉE Canada and its provincial and territorial partners, » says Robert Maddix, business development officer with RDÉE Prince Edward Island. « We’re working to ensure that all tourism sites, attractions and activities that have the capacity to offer service in French are included on the bilingual portal www.salutcanada.ca. »
« We are convinced that this wonderful promotional tool, which helps people from all over Canada and the world plan their vacations and trips, will help us attract more French-speaking visitors to our province. The greater the variety of francophone or bilingual attractions we can include, the greater the likelihood that we’ll succeed in attracting visitors to our province. »
Maddix adds that the portal has continued to evolve over the past year. It was revamped to become more visually appealing, in terms of layout and graphics, photos and text length. Information has also been updated. In addition, it is now easier for users to navigate the entire site, as well as to target their searches by sector and location.
The language classification system for services is still in place: the blue symbol to indicate French services are available at all times, the yellow symbol for promotional items or documentation being available in French, and the green symbol for French services available on request.
The site also offers a number of tours. The mini-tour proposed for the Island includes the Acadian Museum of PEI in Miscouche, the Village musical acadien in Abram-Village, the Bottle Houses and Café Cap-Egmont in Cape Egmont and the Island Cheesehouse in Mont-Carmel.
Salut Canada (formerly known as the Corridor patrimonial, culturel et touristique francophone) was funded by the federal Department of Canadian Heritage as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
PHOTO 1: The red-haired actress who plays Anne greets young girls at the Green Gables Heritage Place, one of the new attractions in the Salute Canada network.
PHOTO 2: Chef Robert Pendergast prepares to sample the various meat pie competition entries at the Festival “Meat Pie”. This event has just been added to the national website www.salutcanada.ca.
PHOTO 3: Les Productions Cuisine à Mémé, which produces dinner-theatre and café-theatre shows in Mont-Carmel, proudly signed up to be a member of Salut Canada. Here is a scene from one of last year’s shows.
PHOTO 4: Every summer, the Coopérative de développement culturel et patrimonial de Mont-Carmel organizes a series of professional variety shows. Here we see popular Island singers Roland Beaulieu and sisters Marcella Richard and Patricia Richard. The Co-op is proud to be a new member of the national network.
PHOTO 5: These ladies bake fresh bread, the old-fashioned way, in a beautiful brick oven at the Roma at Three Rivers National Historic Site.
For further information, please contact:
Business Development Officer
RDÉE Prince Edward Island