ABRAM-VILLAGE – June 9, 2018 – Parks Canada’s Green Gables Heritage Place in Cavendish and Mill River Golf Course in Woodstock, which both offer services in French, will soon be added to the list of 12 PEI heritage sites and attractions that are already part of the national Francophone Heritage, Culture and Tourism Corridor.
Martin Marcoux, board member with RDÉE Canada and president of RDÉE Prince Edward Island, made the announcement Friday, June 8, in Abram-Village during the official launching ceremony of the PEI portion of the national Corridor.
He also noted that a second phase of the project, which should be officially announced in the near future, will also allow for the addition of still more Island members. Details will be released as soon as they are confirmed.
Marcoux explained that the first phase of the Corridor is a joint initiative of RDÉE Canada and its provincial and territorial partners (including RDÉE PEI) 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 had continued increasing; organizers are hoping to soon have 150 heritage sites and 200 tourism products.
The five PEI heritage sites that are included are:
• The Doucet House and the Farmers Bank of Rustico;
• The Skmaqn-Port-La-Joye-Fort Amherst National Park in Rocky Point;
• The Acadian Museum of PEI in Miscouche;
• Province House in Charlottetown;
• Roma at Three Rivers in Montague.
The seven PEI tourist attractions included in the Corridor are:
• The Acadian Musical Village (and the National Acadian Holiday) in Abram-Village;
• Island Artisan Cheesehouse in Mont-Carmel;
• The Atlantic Fiddlers’ Jamboree in Mont-Carmel;
• The Bottle Houses in Cape Egmont;
• The Rendez-Vous Rustico;
• The Acadian Community of Abram-Village (with its various festivals);
• The Coopérative de développement culturel et patrimonial de Mont-Carmel.
Each of the 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 web site. Five of the Island pages contain a professionally produced video.
The Island section also contains an overall text about PEI’s francophonie. The Centre de recherches Cultures – Arts – Société at Laval University was charged with collecting the information and writing the texts. A few bits of inaccurate information have been found and are in the process of being changed.
A system to classify French services was also developed to accompany the national network. The brand image depicts the letters “fr” inside a colored, angled square. The blue square means services are available in French at all times; the blue green square indicates French services are available on request; and the yellow square denotes that the site has promotional items or documentation in French.
CUTLINE: Participating in the official launching of the PEI section of the national Francophone Heritage, Culture and Tourism Corridor, June 8 in Abram-Village, are, from left, Sonny Gallant, minister of Workforce and Advanced Studies (represent the provincial government); Jeannette Blaquière, board member of the Acadian Musical Village; Martin Marcoux, board member of RDÉE Canada and president of RDÉE PEI; and Jeanne Gallant, president of the Agricultural Exhibition and Acadian Festival.
For more information:
Tourism Development Officer
RDÉE Prince Edward Island