Province Helps Promote Tourism In Kenora
Ski And Outdoor Trails Project Will Strengthen Local Economy
KENORA - The McGuinty government is promoting new recreation and tourism opportunities by investing in improvements to local Nordic ski and multi-purpose outdoor trails, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.
"These enhancements will enable the city to attract an increasing number of tourists and generate spin-off economic benefits for the hospitality industry throughout all seasons," said Bartolucci. "Our government is pleased to support another project that will improve the quality of life by promoting fitness and leisure activities for people of all ages in Northwestern Ontario."
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $475,800 to support a partnership between Mount Evergreen Ski Club and the Kenora Nordic Trails Association to improve club infrastructure and expand the year-round use of local trails by promoting cross-country skiing in the winter and developing summer usage such as hiking, cycling, and other adventure camp activities. Key elements of the project include: upgrading the chalet, developing new equipment rental and learning facilities, improving snow-making processes, acquiring new maintenance equipment and upgrading cross country ski trails with a view toward future expansion for mountain biking and biathlon events.
"The City of Kenora is firmly focused on diversifying its economy and overcoming the challenges of a principally resource-based economy, and the government is committed to helping achieve this goal," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "The economic benefits and potential for new jobs brought about by a strong tourism sector are widespread and remain largely untapped."
This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in the North. Other examples include:
- Contributing $2 million toward a streetscaping project in the area of Bernier Drive, Main Street, First Street and McLellan Avenue that will complement municipal infrastructure upgrades planned for the waterfront of downtown Kenora
- Investing close to $11 million dollars in the rehabilitation of the Kenora Bypass (Highway 17A)
- Providing $31,000 to Highwind Lake Camp near Kenora to buy and install a solar power system that will reduce dependency on the year-round camp's diesel-powered generator.
These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan. It has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.