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Caliper Lake Provincial Park to Reopen

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Caliper Lake Provincial Park to Reopen

Ontario, Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls Form Partnership to Operate Park

Ontario is working with the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls to once again offer camping and other services at Caliper Lake Provincial Park.

Under the three-year partnership, Ontario Parks will work with Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls to operate Caliper Lake Provincial Park for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons with the goal of increasing revenue and visitation rates. The township will be responsible for staffing and operational and capital costs while covering any net financial losses incurred during the period.

In September 2012, the government made the difficult decision to change the status of Caliper Lake and nine other provincial parks in Ontario from operating to non-operating because of low visitation and financial losses. Ontario Parks has been working with two municipalities to operate Fushimi Lake and René Brunelle under two-year pilot projects.

Ensuring Ontario has strong, vibrant provincial parks that support local municipalities is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

  • Caliper Lake Provincial Park offers excellent swimming, and is an angler’s paradise as the warm waters are home to northern pike, walleye and smallmouth bass.
  • The Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls has been operating Sioux Narrows Provincial Park for the past 12 years.
  • Sioux Narrows Provincial Park is located on the shores of Lake of the Woods and offers recreation opportunities for lake lovers such as boating, swimming, sailing and canoeing.
  • There are more than 330 provincial parks in Ontario, with more than 100 offering visitor facilities.
  • In 2013, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 8.5-million visits by people around the world and brought in $69 million in revenue, which supported jobs and businesses all across the province.

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“This builds on the positive working relationship we have with the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls. Expanding this relationship to include the operation of Caliper Lake Provincial Park will further enhance northern tourism.”

David Orazietti

Minister of Natural Resources

“The Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls is very pleased to enter into an operating agreement with Ontario Parks to reopen Caliper Lake Provincial Park. This park is a vital component of our tourism infrastructure, contributes to the protection of our natural heritage and has a significant impact on the local economy.”

Bill Thompson

Mayor, Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls

Media Contacts

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    Minister’s Office


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