Ontario Newsroom

Downtown Upgrades To Showcase Sioux Lookout History

Archived News Release

Downtown Upgrades To Showcase Sioux Lookout History

McGuinty Government Supports Downtown Revitalization Project

Ontario is helping the Municipality of Sioux Lookout and Lac Seul First Nation enhance its downtown core.

The province is investing $500,000 towards the renovation and landscaping of the Heritage Train Station and Centennial Park. These upgrades will help increase tourism opportunities, create a more vibrant downtown area, expand current business operations and encourage local residents and visitors to spend more time exploring the community.

The funding is part of the Rural Economic Development Program which invests in community-based projects in three priority areas:

" Revitalized communities and downtowns
" Enhanced skills training
" Improved access to health care services

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested $53 million in 167 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program.
  • Sioux Lookout is the service hub for 29 First Nations communities.
  • Each year, approximately 60,000 regional day-trippers and Via Rail passengers pass through Sioux Lookout's Heritage Train Station.
  • Now in its 26th year, the Sioux Lookout Blueberry Festival will be held from August 1-10, 2008.

Additional Resources


“Through these enhancements more tourists will be able to experience the cultural diversity and rich history that Sioux Lookout holds.”

Leona Dombrowsky

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“The McGuinty government is working with First Nations to make the necessary improvements that lead to more jobs, a stronger economy, and increased prosperity.”

Michael Bryant

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

“The Sioux Lookout Heritage Train Station is an important landmark both historically and architecturally. This project will help restore our community's appearance and image and will promote community pride among our residents, businesses and property owners.”

Kathy Poling

Mayor, Sioux Lookout's



Business and Economy Home and Community Rural and North Aboriginal People