PM announces year-round opening of Gilmour Hill

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today financial support for the redevelopment of Gilmour Hill so that this historic path, which links l’Anse-au-Foulon to the Plains of Abraham, can remain open year-round. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Quebec City.

“Our Government is proud to financially support the redevelopment of Gilmour Hill,” stated Prime Minister Harper. “This government support will reduce peak season traffic flow for Quebec City residents driving on the Hill.”

The support announced today will enable Gilmour Hill to remain open on a permanent basis. This is a two-part project: redevelopment of this historic access path, and the construction of a multi-purpose interpretive trail providing a safe path for pedestrians and cyclists. Its year-round opening will help to reduce peak season traffic flow for Quebec City residents, while the path – with its interpretive panels – will help preserve the heritage and historical character of Gilmour Hill. The project was made possible by a series of feasibility studies commissioned by the National Battlefields Commission (NBC). Gilmour Hill will be open year-round starting at the end of 2014, while the trail will be open year-round starting in 2015.

Gilmour Hill is a 1.1-kilometre steeply sloped path running through NationalBattlefieldsPark between

Champlain Boulevard

and Quebec’s UpperTown. It was built in the 1910s and was not designed to be used in winter.

The support for the opening Gilmour Hill on a year-round basis is just one of many actions undertaken by the Government of Canada to upgrade national historic sites, such as the reconstruction of Manège militaire de la Grande Allée de Québec, so as to enable Canadians and visitors from around the world to gain an understanding and appreciation of our shared Canadian history.

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