Fun passes make family outings more affordable this summer

    1.4 Million Children Get In Free At Provincial Attractions
    Starting July 1

    THUNDER BAY, ON, June 21 /CNW/ - Ontario's Fun Pass is back by popular
demand, just in time for parents looking for affordable ways to keep their
kids busy this summer, Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro announced today.
    Each fun pass includes one free children's admission, with the purchase
of an adult ticket, to 15 participating provincial attractions - and an
Ontario Provincial Parks daily vehicle permit discount.
    "The Fun Pass gives families 16 different reasons to discover an Ontario
that is exciting, educational, interesting and inspiring," said Mauro. "The
pass also helps boost tourism in our area by bringing in new visitors who want
to enjoy a new experience."
    The Fun Pass has been distributed to 1.4 million elementary school
students across the province and will be accepted at all provincial
attractions from July 1 until September 3. The pass, launched by the McGuinty
government in 2005 as a pilot program, has expanded to include almost all
school boards and private schools throughout Ontario.
    "The Fun Pass is a big hit for families looking for inexpensive ways to
keep busy and enjoy summer in Ontario," said Culture Minister Caroline Di
Cocco. "With this pass, kids can learn about our history and culture and have
fun at the same time."
    "Keeping kids active during the summer can be challenging," said Tourism
Minister Jim Bradley. "That is why the McGuinty government is helping parents
by making Ontario's wide range of attractions more affordable for families."
    "Fort William Historical Park is a popular attraction for kids of all
ages in Northern Ontario," said Fort William General Manager Sergio Buonocore.
"We are pleased to participate in the Fun Pass program and we look forward to
welcoming families from across the province this summer."

For further information:

For further information: Marty Mascarin, Communications Officer, Fort
William Historical Park, (807) 473-2326

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