St. Lawrence Parks Commission Launches 'Eastern Ontario's Largest Scare-Attraction'



    Fort Fright At Fort Henry in Kingston Now Open Through November 15

    KINGSTON, ON, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - The St. Lawrence Parks Commission has
unveiled one of the largest-scale event productions ever with the inception
and development of a new special event - "Fort Fright" - at Fort Henry
National Historic Site of Canada, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The
event, a six-week 'scare-attraction' created by Fort Manager John Robertson
and his team, employs the use of over 38 movie-style, quality animatronics,
dynamic and exciting special effects, intense sound and lighting and costumed
animators. The event is made possible through a Celebrate Ontario grant from
the Ministry of Tourism.
    Pat Macdonald, General Manager & CEO of the St. Lawrence Parks
Commission, is excited about the prospects of this giant, new event for the
positive impact it will have on tourism in the region. "Tourist activity tends
to decline in the Fall months, so having a great, new event such as Fort
Fright, will stimulate visitation to our region. We have been successful in
extending the tourism season through December in Eastern Ontario with the
Alight at Night event at Upper Canada Village (now attracting over 40,000
visitors) and we believe Fort Fright will capture our visitor's imaginations
in a similar way. For both, we are using our stunning heritage sites as
backdrops for these great events," said Macdonald.
    In addition to the sweat equity of Fort Henry staff, a Toronto Special
Effects company was hired to consult on the project. JMS FX owner Jeff Skochko
has had his hands in some high grossing Hollywood movies such as The Hulk, Saw
"V", and more. "You couldn't ask for a better set for an attraction like
this", says Skochko. "No matter how you try to replicate a limestone wall or
underground tunnel, nothing's like the real thing and Fort Henry has it all."
    Paul Hopkins, owner of Boneyard Bargains in Scarborough was also brought
in to assist with the production and the setting up and testing of the 39
animatronics used for the attraction. "I'm totally impressed with the level of
thought and planning that's gone into this inaugural event", said Hopkins.
"The 'scare business' is a huge business sector and right now, there is no
major haunted attraction in Ontario."
    Working from a theme of being frozen in time at October 9th, 1867
visitors should expect the unexpected. Aside from the use of amazing
animatronics and special effects, visitors also have the chance to explore the
Fort's tunnels - an area not accessible to visitors during the main operating
season.
    Themed food and beverage is also available onsite at the Old Bones
Bistro. For dinner reservations of 15 people or more, contact Jessup Foods at
613-530-2550.
    Fort Fright opens Friday, October 10 at 6:00 p.m. and runs until 10:00
p.m. for six weeks until Saturday, November 15. Tickets are available at
www.ticketweb.ca, at Fort Henry or at Haunted Walks on Ontario Street in
downtown Kingston. General admission is $7.00. For group pricing, hours and
Fort Henry events, call (613) 542-7388 or visit www.forthenry.com. For
information on Kingston and overnight packages, visit: www.visitkingston.ca.
    Located at the junction of Highways 2 and 15 (Exit 623 off Highway 401
then south on Highway 15) in Kingston, Fort Henry National Historic Site, part
of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is managed by The St. Lawrence Parks
Commission, an agency of the Government of Ontario.





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For further information: CONTACT: Susan Le Clair, Corporate Marketing
Officer, susan.leclair@parks.on.ca, (613) 543-3704, ext 2461

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