Two Haute-Gaspésie businesses will be able to improve and develop their tourism offering

From: Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

The Government of Canada awards over $200,000 in financial assistance to Village Grande Nature in Cap-Chat and Eskamer Aventure in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts

March 14, 2019 – Cap-Chat, Quebec – Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)

Gaspésie companies Village Grande Nature and Eskamer Aventure offer accommodation services and outdoor activities that contribute to Haute-Gaspésie’s standing as one of the most attractive tourist hubs. To improve and develop their service offering, they will receive $236,895 in repayable contributions from Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions.

With this financial assistance, Village Grande Nature Inc., located at the base of the Chic-Choc Mountains, will be able to improve its tourism offering by upgrading its leisure activities through the purchase of new outdoor equipment, the installation of thalassotherapy equipment and improvements to its accommodation units. Eskamer Aventure Inc. will be able to build its outdoor aquatic station, an eco-environmental construction representing an unprecedented development. The new station will give a panoramic view of the sea and mountains, and will provide clients with swimming, spa, sauna and relaxation activities on a rooftop terrace. A zipline and visitor’s centre will also be built. The goal of this new project will be to provide an unprecedented canyoning experience.

The announcment was made today by the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Member of Parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue. The funding granted by the Government of Canada through CED’s Quebec Economic Development Program will allow the recipient businesses to achieve their established objectives. Their respective projects will generate a total investment of nearly $1.4 million and will result in the creation of six jobs in Haute-Gaspésie, in addition to consolidating the 24 jobs already provided by these Gaspésie businesses.

The Government of Canada is committed to establishing close partnerships with Quebec businesses to support their efforts to innovate and increase their productivity and competitiveness, and to contribute to the economic vitality of the regions, the creation of jobs and the improvement of citizens’ quality of life.

“The Government of Canada is glad to support the regional businesses being highlighted today, with their willingness to offer better services and activities that give people the opportunity to experience the best that Haute-Gaspésie has to offer. I am proud of how citizens, organizations and businesses from here come together to contribute to maintaining attractions and improve our region’s tourism offering by getting involved in the development of projects such as this one.”

The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Member of Parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue

“The financial support from CED will enable Village Grande Nature and Eskamer Aventure to grow, further highlight the attractions of Haute-Gaspésie and attract even more visitors to the area. Through this support, the Government of Canada is reiterating its commitment to promote Quebec’s touristic regions, which has a positive impact on the local economy.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for CED

“The assistance granted by CED and others has enabled us to not only improve our offering, but also raise awareness of our enchanting site, which aims to be a must-visit in the area. Since relaunching, Village Grande Nature has seen growth of 300% in the first year and has followed this phenomenal growth with an annual increase of nearly 30%. This new contribution in the area enables us to maintain the 19 existing jobs. The opening of our conference centre will enable us to access the corporate market, which in turn will bring more money to our area and create new jobs, which is a significant issue for Gaspésie. We thank CED for its support. The success that Village Grande Nature has had shows that these assistance programs significantly foster regional development in a significant way.”

Réjean Blouin, owner, Village Grande Nature

“Eskamer Aventure has been recognized from the start for offering canyoning, but its active participation in the field of canyoning has led it to become a leader in coaching and safety in this intense activity. Exploring reservoirs, natural slides and clear mountain waterfalls has become the can’t-miss activity for tourists from here and around the world for their vacations in Haute-Gaspésie and Quebec. Eskamer Aventure’s new project that is receiving a contribution from CED helps us maintain our mission of providing amazing discovery experiences that are accessible to everyone.”

Yann Barriault, president, Eskamer Aventure

Quick facts

  • Today’s announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister responsible for the Innovation, Science and Economic Development portfolio, which is made up of 17 federal departments and agencies, including CED and the five other regional development agencies.

  • The funding was granted through CED’s Quebec Economic Development Program

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