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FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS SUPPORT THE RAILROAD INTERPRETATION CENTRE

Investments will upgrade the museum and enhance its visitor offerings for the 2014 World Acadian Congress

February 21, 2014 - Edmundston, N.B.

Edmundston’s Railroad Interpretation Centre, a local private museum, will improve its visitor offerings and the quality of its services through investments by the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick. 

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche, and MLA Yvon Malenfant joined the centre’s owners today to make the announcement.

The museum plans to improve the quality of its services for the upcoming 2014 World Acadian Congress. The project includes the construction of an outdoor miniature train on a nine-acre property located behind the interpretation centre in Edmundston, site development and the refurbishment of existing facilities.

The Government of Canada is supporting this project with a $50,000 repayable contribution from ACOA’s Business Development Program. The Province of New Brunswick is making a $40,000 contribution through its Northern N.B. Economic Development and Innovation Fund. The interpretation centre itself is investing $10,000.

Quick Facts

• The Du Réel au Miniature Railroad Interpretation Centre has been operating at its Victoria Street location in Edmundston since 2002. It seeks to pay tribute to railway workers by providing visitors with a novel educational experience drawn from railroad history.
• The Railroad Interpretation Centre features over 3,000 railroad-related artefacts and offers visitors guided tours and the opportunity to be “Conductor for a Day” on a 1:87 scale railway.

Quotes

“Our Government’s investment in Edmundston’s Railroad Interpretation Centre will promote economic development in northern New Brunswick. Enhancing the centre’s services will revitalize the City of Edmundston and the region’s tourist product as we look forward to the upcoming 2014 World Acadian Congress. This local business helps to attract people to the region and to keep them here longer. By upgrading local tourism infrastructure, we are helping to boost economic activity in New Brunswick.”

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
  and Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche

 “Our investment in the interpretation centre‎ will allow for the development of an ideal tourism product for visitors and residents who visit Edmundston and Madawaska.”

Yvon Bonenfant, MLA for Madawaska-Les-Lacs on behalf of
  Hon. Paul Robichaud, Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation

The financial support from the federal and provincial governments will enable our Du Réel au Miniature Railroad Interpretation Centre to add an outdoor miniature train track. We are very pleased to receive the funding. Without it, this project would have taken years to become a reality. As the highlight of our expansion plans for the museum, it will also have a major impact on increasing visitor traffic and help us to be ready for the 2014 World Acadian Congress.” 

Guy and Géraldine Laforge, Owners, Railroad Interpretation Centre

Associated Links

• www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca
• http://www.plandaction.gc.ca/en
• http://www.dureelauminiature.com

Contacts

Kelsie Corey
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State (ACOA), the Honourable Rob Moore
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
613-941-7241

Ted Parisé
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
 506-452-3917

Bruce MacFarlane
Communications
Economic Development
506-453-8607

Guy and Géraldine Laforge
Owners
Railroad Interpretation Centre    
506-739-9644