Safeguarding Fort William Historical Park From Future Floods
McGuinty Government Protecting Tourism in Thunder Bay
Ontario is building a stronger, more sustainable tourism industry in the Thunder Bay region by investing $8 million in flood mitigation work at Fort William Historical Park.
Fort William has previously experienced flooding and in order to protect this important historical site this investment will help to build a permanent berm to safeguard the park's heritage and infrastructure from future floods.
Fort William will now be in a better position to take advantage of the projected growth in global tourism and the resulting economic benefits.
- Fort William Historical Park attracts about 90,000 people a year.
- The Thunder Bay attraction generates an annual economic impact of more than $8 million locally.
- The tourism industry directly and indirectly employs 300,000 people in the province.
- In 2007, tourism receipts in Ontario totalled more than $22 billion.
“Fort William is an important tourist attraction for our region that needs protection from future floods. This investment helps lay the groundwork for a stronger, more sustainable tourism industry in the Thunder Bay area.”
“Revitalizing Fort William is part of our government's commitment to building a stronger and more competitive economy. Heritage tourism has a large potential for growth and we want to ensure our attractions can compete in the global tourism market and develop into world-class destinations.”
The Honourable Monique Smith
“By investing in tourism infrastructure and improving the visitor experience at Fort William, the province is strengthening the local tourism industry and helping pave the way for our future success.”