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New Welcome Centre At Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

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New Welcome Centre At Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

McGuinty Government Promoting Tourism, Strengthening Local Economy

A new welcome centre in Wasaga Beach Provincial Park will help promote tourism and boost the local economy.

The centre will promote local tourism opportunities and help visitors learn more about the natural and cultural features of the park. It features interpretive displays on the Nancy Island Historic site and Wasaga Beach, including a three-dimensional map of the Wasaga Beach area.

The centre is located at the entrance to the Nancy Island Historic Site. The island was formed when the HMS Nancy sunk and silt deposited around its hull. This historic site is dedicated to preserving and sharing the story of the HMS Nancy and the War of 1812.

Supporting tourism and cultural attractions is part of the McGuinty government's plan to strengthen the economy. A strong economy protects the services that mean most to Ontario families — health care and education.

Quick Facts

  • Approximately 1.5 million people visit Wasaga Beach Provincial Park every year, which is best known for its 14-kilometre-long sandy beach.
  • Ontario Parks brought in almost $63 million in revenue in 2011, which was re-invested in our provincial parks program and supported jobs and businesses all across the province.
  • Ontario Parks employs more than 1,500 students each summer.
  • In 2011, Ontario's provincial parks received almost 10 million visits - an increase of 50,000 visits from the year before.

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“Ontario's provincial parks offer beautiful scenery, spaces to enjoy our natural resources and landmarks that hold an important place in history. The new welcome centre at Nancy Island Historic Site will help us tell the story of the War of 1812 to many generations in years to come.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Natural Resources

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