McGuinty Government Making Summer More Affordable

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

    KINGSTON, ON, June 21 /CNW/ - Ontario's Fun Pass gets kids in free to 15
exciting provincial summer attractions across the province, starting on Canada
Day, Tourism Minister Jim Bradley announced today at Fort Henry.
    The pass, worth more than $120 in ticket prices for all attractions,
gives 1.4 million students, aged 14 and under, across the province free
admission to provincial attractions, when accompanied by a paying adult. The
Fun Pass also provides a discount on the daily vehicle permit for provincial
    "Keeping kids active during the summer can be challenging," said Bradley.
"That's why the McGuinty government is happy to help parents by making
Ontario's great attractions more affordable for families."
    Bradley, joined by the Fort Henry Honour Guard, made the announcement to
more than 250 elementary school children from the Kingston area. Fort Henry,
part of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, is one of many area attractions
celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Rideau Canal this summer. The fort is
home to the Rideau 175 exhibit, an interactive display highlighting the
history and importance of the Rideau Canal.
    Launched in 2005 as a pilot program, the pass is now distributed to
school boards throughout Ontario. This year's Fun Pass program is funded by
the Ministry of Tourism's Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation.
    The Fun Pass boosts local tourism by promoting attractions and parks
across the province. In 2004, 75 per cent of tourists in the province were
Ontario residents.

    Participating attractions and agencies include:

    -   Art Gallery of Ontario                  -   Ontario Science Centre
    -   Discovery Harbour                       -   Royal Botanical Gardens
    -   Fort Henry National Historic Site       -   Royal Ontario Museum
    -   Fort William Historical Park            -   Sainte-Marie among the
    -   McMichael Canadian Art Collection           Hurons
    -   Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory    -   Science North
    -   Old Fort Erie                           -   Ontario Heritage Trust
    -   Ontario Place                                -   Uncle Tom's Cabin
    -   Upper Canada Village                         -   Barnum House
    -   Ontario Parks                                -   Fulford Place
                                                     -   Homewood Museum
                                                     -   Elgin and Winter
                                                         Garden Theatre

    "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."

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For further information:

For further information: David Oved, Minister's Office, (416) 314-1400;
Gary Wheeler, Ministry of Tourism, (416) 325-8391

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