Investing In Huronia Historical Parks


    McGuinty Government Growing Tourism In Southern Georgian Bay

    TORONTO, Sept. 11 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is supporting the tourism economy of the Southern Georgian Bay
region with a significant capital investment in Huronia Historical Parks.
    The provincial government is investing $1.38 million to improve
infrastructure and strengthen the appeal of Huronia Historical Parks as a
tourist attraction.The funding is being used for:
    -   Finishing touches to the multi-year restoration of the Officers'
        Quarters at Discovery Harbour
        (http://www.discoveryharbour.on.ca/english/index.html), which
        re-opened to the public on July 5 after almost a decade of extensive
        renovations
    -   A walkway to this important heritage building that is compliant with
        the Ontarians with Disability Act
    -   Roofing and repairs to modern and historic buildings at Discovery
        Harbour
    -   Accessibility upgrades and completion of the student luncheon room at
        Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
        (http://www.saintemarieamongthehurons.on.ca/)and
    -   Repair and rebuilding of the waterway outlet and adjacent walking
        path and palisade wall from the Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
        historic site to the Wye River.QUOTES

    "Huronia Historical Parks is a catalyst for the tourism economy in
Southern Georgian Bay. By investing in our tourism infrastructure, our
government is keeping Ontario competitive in the global tourism market," said
Tourism Minister Peter Fonseca.

    "By maintaining and improving the infrastructure at Huronia Historical
Parks, we are helping to ensure the economic prosperity of the surrounding
communities that rely on these attractions for tourism revenue," said Jan
Gray, General Manager at Huronia Historical Parks.

    QUICK FACTS-   Huronia Historical Parks is enjoying strong attendance in 2008 with
        an increase of six per cent year to date over last year.
    -   The Officers' Quarters provides visitors with the opportunity to
        learn first-hand the challenges of soldiers and other military and
        civilian personnel at this isolated outpost in Upper Canada.

    LEARN MORE

    Find out more about Huronia Historical Parks (http://www.hhp.on.ca/).

    Discover things to do in Ontario (http://www.ontariotravel.net/) this
summer.

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For further information: Alicia Farrow, Minister's Office, (416)
325-4543; Jill Skorochod, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8391