We have an amount in the estimates for historic sites, but whether any of the particular sites my hon. friend has in mind are covered by the item in the estimates, I cannot at the moment say. The commission on historic sites and monuments makes its recommendations to the department, where the historic sites should be marked, and how they should be marked, and we appropriate the money. Whether or not any recommendations are in from the commission covering any of the places my hon. friend has in mind, I cannot at the moment say.
I raise the point because along the Niagara frontier the moment you cross the international boundary you are struck with the contrast in the way these historic sites are preserved on the American side. On the Canadian side, at Fort Mississauga and some of these other places, the historic sites are in a most dilapidated condition as compared with the sites on the American side.
I would point out to the hon. member that the item which includes provision for historic sites was under discussion this afternoon and it now stands. He will have an opportunity to raise his question when that vote comes up again. Historic sites do not come under this vote.
The total was more than 900,000 visitors, but how they were divided up among the different parks I cannot say. The largest number was at Point Pelee, which must be a centre of very considerable interest. We have not the information at hand as to the number visiting the individual parks.
I have under my hand an approximate estimate which was calculated by the director of parks since the hon. member brought up the point a few moments ago: Alberta, about S500.000; British Columbia, $73,000-I am giving round figures- Saskatchewan, $53,000; Manitoba, $55,000; Ontario, $18,000; Nova Scotia, $103,000; Prince Edward Island, $40,000. The larger parks and by far the greater number are in the province of Alberta. That is where the finest mountain scenery in the world is found, and that is where the parks are located.
The province in each case must furnish the park. The province of Nova Scotia will have expended close to $1,000,000 to acquire the site of the park there, and I suggest that the department should make a much more generous provision than a little over $100,000 for the current year for the development of that park.