Ontario Partnering with Moose Cree First Nation to Reopen Tidewater Provincial Park
Provincial Park Operational Again for Recreational Activities
Ontario and a subsidiary company of Moose Cree First Nation have reached an agreement on a new partnership to reopen Tidewater Provincial Park.
Starting June 27, Ontarians can begin accessing the park again for recreational activities, including camping and canoeing.
Under the three-year partnership, the First Nation subsidiary company will be responsible for maintaining and operating Tidewater Provincial Park for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons with the goal of increasing visitation rates and revenue.
In September 2012, the government made the difficult decision to change the status of Tidewater Provincial Park from operating to non-operating because of low visitation and financial losses.
Ensuring Ontario has strong, vibrant provincial parks that support local municipalities is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- Tidewater Provincial Park, located near Moosonee, offers stunning views of the Moose River and is a popular paddling route for canoeists.
- There are more than 330 provincial parks in Ontario, with more than 100 offering visitor facilities.
- In 2014, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 8.5-million visits from people around the world and brought in over $70 million in revenue, supporting jobs and businesses across the province.
“This partnership helps create more recreational opportunities for Ontarians and should help to further enhance tourism in Northern Ontario.”