Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Parks Canada Offers The Perfect Getaway Just North Of The Champlain Valley

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Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu celebrates 350th anniversary with special events, located just an hour drive from Plattsburgh

Parks Canada is proud to welcome visitors and boaters for a new, exciting season at the historic sites and canals of the Richelieu Valley. Dive in as Parks Canada celebrates 350 years of history at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu by visiting the majestic forts and travelling the serene waterways that shaped Canada and the United States. With bilingual services, quality facilities and the very favorable exchange rate for US travelers, Parks Canada’s attractions are the ideal place for this year’s summer vacation, all located less than an hour drive from Plattsburgh.

Celebrate Over 350 Years of History

Celebrating its 350th anniversary this year, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is offering special events for adults and children alike. The Richelieu Valley is rich in history and culture, offering visitors scenic views that lead to military forts, green meadows to picnic on and picturesque villages. Among the many captivating sites, Fort Chambly National Historic Site allows visitors to relive the daily life of soldiers from the New France era, while Fort Lennox National Historic Site lets them discover the British and American armies, which helped shape these countries.

2 for 1 Offer for Boaters in the Historic Canals

Having played a fundamental role in the development of trade between Canada and the United States, the Chambly and Saint-Ours historic canals provide unparalleled access to the summer's major attractions, whether by boat, bicycle, or on foot. With an easy telephone reporting system at the border, boaters will embark on a fascinating journey on one of the most beautiful navigation networks in the world. After reaching the Saint-Ours Canal, visitors can experience a night on a splendid island in Parks Canada's brand new oTENTik accommodations. From May 20 to June 30, 2016, Parks Canada is offering a 2-for-1 discount on lockage fees, with a coupon available to download here.

Highlights include:

  • Fort Chambly and Fort Lennox are impressive structures that will take visitors through the history that helped shape Canada and the United States 300 years ago. The sites are open from May 23 to October 10, 2016.
  • From May 20 to June 30, 2016, travelers can take advantage of the 2-for-1 offer on lockage and travel one of the most beautiful navigation systems with a coupon available to download here!
  • The Richelieu Valley, both urban and rustic, offers a must-see attractions and events for adults and children alike.
  • Parks Canada protects a vast network of natural and heritage places, including 46 national parks, 168 national historic sites, and 4 national marine conservation areas.

Just north of Lake Champlain, the Richelieu Valley has a lot to offer for visitors who have a passion for history, heritage, arts and culture. With the great outdoors, agricultural tourism and food, Parks Canada's historic sites and canals provide for unforgettable experience. “As Canada’s largest provider of natural and cultural tourism, Parks Canada’s destinations provide unique opportunities to connect with history and nature. The Government of Canada is proud to welcome Canadian and international visitors to experience and enjoy the very best of what Canada has to offer in one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected natural and cultural heritage areas in the world”, said Luc-André Mercier,Director, Quebec Waterways, Parks Canada.

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