Ontario Strengthens Tourism Infrastructure

    McGuinty Government Invests In Attractions Along St. Lawrence River

    TORONTO, Aug. 8 /CNW/ -


    A significant capital investment from Ontario will help increase tourism
along the St. Lawrence corridor.
    The St. Lawrence Parks Commission - an agency of the Ontario government -
is an important catalyst for tourism in Eastern Ontario and contributes to the
economic prosperity of many communities along the St. Lawrence River. Ontario
is investing $2.24 million to improve the infrastructure of its attractions. 
The new funding will ensure the St. Lawrence Parks Commission's attractions
are in good repair and will encourage new and repeat visitors to the area in
the future.
    This funding will support key investments including campground upgrades,
repairs to the heritage buildings in Upper Canada Village, and site
maintenance at Fort Henry.


    "Investing in our tourism infrastructure is critical to providing high
quality tourist attractions in Eastern Ontario. Our government is proud to
support the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, which helps it remain competitive
in the global tourism market," said Tourism Minister Peter Fonseca.
    "By maintaining and improving the infrastructure in the Parks of the St.
Lawrence, we are helping to ensure the economic prosperity of the communities
that rely on these attractions as tourism anchors in Eastern Ontario," said
Peter Watson, Chair of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission.
    "This funding will improve the park facilities for our visitors and help
ensure the local tourism industry remains strong," said Jim Brownell, MPP for
Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry.


    -  Fort Henry, the Rideau Canal, and the Kingston Fortifications were
       together designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

    -  Fort Henry alone contributes $25 million to the regional economy and
       is responsible for more than 10 per cent of visitor spending in the


    Find out more about the St. Lawrence Parks Commission
(http://www.parks.on.ca/home.htm). Discover things to do in Ontario this
summer (http://www.ontariotravel.net/).

                                                       Disponible en français

For further information:

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

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