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Investing in Huronia Historical Parks

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Investing in Huronia Historical Parks

McGuinty Government Growing Tourism In Southern Georgian Bay

Ontario is supporting the tourism economy of the Southern Georgian Bay region with a significant capital investment in Huronia Historical Parks.

The provincial government is investing $1.38 million to improve infrastructure and strengthen the appeal of Huronia Historical Parks as a tourist attraction.

The funding is being used for:

  • Finishing touches to the multi-year restoration of the Officers' Quarters at Discovery Harbour, which re-opened to the public on July 5 after almost a decade of extensive renovations
  • A walkway to this important heritage building that is compliant with the Ontarians with Disability Act 
  • Roofing and repairs to modern and historic buildings at Discovery Harbour
  • Accessibility upgrades and completion of the student luncheon room at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons and
  • Repair and rebuilding of the waterway outlet and adjacent walking path and palisade wall from the Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons historic site to the Wye River.

Quick Facts

  • Huronia Historical Parks is enjoying strong attendance in 2008 with an increase of six per cent year to date over last year.
  • The Officers' Quarters provides visitors with the opportunity to learn first-hand the challenges of soldiers and other military and civilian personnel at this isolated outpost in Upper Canada.

Additional Resources


“Huronia Historical Parks is a catalyst for the tourism economy in Southern Georgian Bay. By investing in our tourism infrastructure, our government is keeping Ontario competitive in the global tourism market.”

Peter Fonseca

Minister of Tourism

“By maintaining and improving the infrastructure at Huronia Historical Parks, we are helping to ensure the economic prosperity of the surrounding communities that rely on these attractions for tourism revenue.”

Jan Gray

General Manager, Huronia Historical Parks



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