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Ontario Government Boosts Tourism In French River

New Heritage Centre Creates Jobs and Brings History to Life

FRENCH RIVER -- The Ontario government has helped develop the French River Heritage Centre into a premier tourist attraction that honours an important part of Canadian history, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci said today.

"The Heritage Centre has become a well established and popular tourist attraction where visitors can experience the best of Northern Ontario's natural beauty and Canadian history," said Bartolucci. "This project has created jobs locally, attracted new tourists and improved business for the local economy."

The $500,000 investment from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) helped fund interactive displays with French River artefacts, a children's encounter and theatre display area and exhibits featuring First Nations history and the fur trade. The Heritage Centre was built in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Municipality of French River and Killarney, the Waabnoong-Bemjiwang Assembly of First Nations, Ontario Parks, and others. The Heritage Centre also houses a tourist information centre and economic development office.

"Travellers on the Trans-Canada highway have for decades taken a break from their journey at this scenic rest stop.  Now they can add to that experience by taking a step back in time to learn about the fascinating heritage of the French River area," said Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay. "We are grateful to the First Nations communities who shared their knowledge of Aboriginal heritage and traditions and worked with Ontario Parks staff to develop the centre's dramatic and imaginative exhibits."

"Creating new opportunities with long-term benefits is a crucial part of increasing northern prosperity," said Bartolucci, who chairs the NOHFC. "The Ontario government is proud to have supported this wonderful project that reflects our commitment to working with northern communities to build a strong future."

This NOHFC project is part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. The Northern Prosperity Plan has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.

Laura Blondeau
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454    

Michel Lavoie    
MNDM/NOHFC - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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