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Ontario Invests In Expansion Of Cochrane Tourism Attraction

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Ontario Invests In Expansion Of Cochrane Tourism Attraction

Funding To Enhance Polar Bear Habitat And Heritage Village

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is enhancing one of the Northeast's most popular tourist attractions by investing in the expansion of the Polar Bear Habitat and Heritage Village in Cochrane, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"I am very pleased that our government could support the expansion of this important regional tourist attraction," said Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP David Ramsay.  "The combination of interactive exhibits, the polar bear habitat and historic information provides visitors an exciting learning experience."
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $755,000 to the Town of Cochrane to expand the bear enclosure and build a lumberjack camp, chapel, railway station, barber shop, doctor's office and fire hall at the Polar Bear Habitat and Heritage Village.

"Since its opening in 2004, this unique attraction has offered visitors an exciting opportunity to observe live polar bears and to learn about the history of the Cochrane area," said Bartolucci, who chairs the NOHFC.  "Our investment will help expand the visitor experience and attract an increasing number of tourists to the region."

This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in the Northeast.  Other examples include:

  • Providing nearly $1.3 million to establish the Materials Joining Innovation Centre at the Northern College campus in Kirkland Lake
  • Investing $620,000 to expand a wood chipping and grinding operation in Iroquois Falls
  • Contributing $200,000 to expand the Matachewan Curling Club into a multi-purpose recreational facility, with an indoor skating rink and community event hall.

These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. It has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.

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