Upper Canada Village And Crysler Park To Be Revitalized

    McGuinty Government Enhancing Tourism Along The St. Lawrence Corridor

    TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is helping draw more tourists to Upper Canada Village and
Crysler's Farm Battlefield, key tourism destinations that contribute to the
economic prosperity of many communities along the St. Lawrence River.

    Ontario will invest $13 million to increase tourist appeal at the two St.
Lawrence Parks Commission sites by:

    -   Providing $6 million to update the visitor centre, retail outlet, and
        exhibits at Upper Canada Village.

    -   Investing $7 million to invigorate the visitor experience at
        Crysler's Farm Battlefield and to take better advantage of heritage
        tourism and the bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812.

    This announcement is part of a proposed $23 million investment through
the 2009 Budget in the St. Lawrence Parks Commission - an agency of the
Ontario government -- to improve the quality of its attractions and to make
the local tourism industry more competitive.


    "Revitalizing St. Lawrence attractions as top-notch tourist draws is part
of our government's commitment to building a stronger and more competitive
economy. Heritage tourism has a large potential for growth and we want to
ensure that communities along the St. Lawrence River can compete in the global
tourism market and develop into world-class destinations."
    - Monique Smith, Minister of Tourism

    "Upper Canada Village and Crysler's Farm Park are important tourist draws
that contribute to the economic prosperity of our region, and tell important
local heritage stories. Improving these attractions is about growing our local
tourism industry, creating more jobs for the future, and ensuring that the
history of our region is preserved for future generations."
    - Jim Brownell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry.


    -   On the weekend of July 11 and 12, Crysler's Farm Battlefield Memorial
        will host the 2009 Grand Tactical, an annual re-enactment of the War
        of 1812 that draws visitors from all over North America.
    -   In the 2009 Ontario budget, capital investments for the tourism
        sector included $33 million for revitalization projects at
        Huronia Historical Parks and St. Lawrence Parks Commission sites, as
        well as $8 million for infrastructure improvements at
        Fort William Historical Park.
    -   Approximately 300,000 people in Ontario are directly or indirectly
        employed by the tourism industry.


    Learn about Upper Canada Village (http://www.uppercanadavillage.com/).

    Find out about things to do at Crysler Park

    Discover things to do in Ontario http://www.ontariotravel.net/.

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For further information:

For further information: Lisa DiLollo, Tourism Minister's Office, (416)
325-4543; Mark Thompson, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8391

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