OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2011) - Canada's vast historic, cultural, and natural heritage is a source of pride for all Canadians. It has helped define our identity and its sites of immense beauty adorn our landscape.

Created in 1973 by the Heritage Canada Foundation, Heritage Day is meant to encourage the enhancement and preservation of our rich heritage. A visit to one of our national museums—which now include the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax—is a wonderful way to celebrate our historic and architectural heritage.

No matter how we choose to celebrate it, Heritage Day reminds us that the protection of heritage objects, national parks, historic statues, and heritage buildings is extremely important for Canadians. Our Government understands the importance that Canada's natural heritage holds for Canadians from coast to coast to coast. That is why, since 2006, the Harper Government has set aside 133 800 square kilometres of parkland for future generations to enjoy.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to thank the Heritage Canada Foundation and all those who work to ensure that our heritage is protected, promoted, and enjoyed by Canadians. This day is the ideal opportunity for communities across the country to celebrate the unique heritage that makes us all proud.

Contact Information: Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages
Codie Taylor - Press Secretary