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Ontario strengthens tourism infrastructure

McGuinty Government Invests In Attractions Along St. Lawrence River

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

A significant capital investment from Ontario will help increase tourism along the St. Lawrence corridor.

The St. Lawrence Parks Commission - an agency of the Ontario government - is an important catalyst for tourism in Eastern Ontario and contributes to the economic prosperity of many communities along the St. Lawrence River. Ontario is investing $2.24 million to improve the infrastructure of its attractions.  The new funding will ensure the St. Lawrence Parks Commission's attractions are in good repair and will encourage new and repeat visitors to the area in the future.
This funding will support key investments including campground upgrades, repairs to the heritage buildings in Upper Canada Village, and site maintenance at Fort Henry.

Quick Facts

  • Fort Henry, the Rideau Canal, and the Kingston Fortifications were together designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
  • Fort Henry alone contributes $25 million to the regional economy and is responsible for more than 10 per cent of visitor spending in the area.

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“Investing in our tourism infrastructure is critical to providing high quality tourist attractions in Eastern Ontario. Our government is proud to support the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, which helps it remain competitive in the global tourism market.”

Peter Fonseca

Minister of Tourism

“By maintaining and improving the infrastructure in the Parks of the St. Lawrence, we are helping to ensure the economic prosperity of the communities that rely on these attractions as tourism anchors in Eastern Ontario.”

Peter Watson

Chair, St. Lawrence Parks Commission

“This funding will improve the park facilities for our visitors and help ensure the local tourism industry remains strong.”

Jim Brownell

MPP, Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry



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