Ontario Investing in Infrastructure Improvements at Algonquin ParkMay 9, 2023
NIPISSING – Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing announced that the Ontario government is investing more than $3.3 million to build, maintain and revitalize infrastructure at Algonquin Provincial Park, including more roofed accommodations and bridges. The funding will increase opportunities for overnight camping and improve the visitor experience.
“Investing in Algonquin Park will improve the visitor experience and boost local tourism,” said MPP Vic Fedeli. “As Canada’s oldest provincial park, our government recognises the volume of tourists that enjoy this 4-season gem and want to ensure it’s infrastructure can continue to support the people who travel here to enjoy it.”
This infrastructure investment at Algonquin Provincial Park will support the construction of eight new roofed accommodations. Projects include:
- Four yurts and four cabins at Mew Lake Campground
- The replacement of two bridges at Rock Lake and Pog Lake campgrounds
- Roadway paving and improvements along Highway 60.
“In 2022, Ontario Parks recorded more than 12.1 million visits and overnight camping grew by nine per cent over 2021, which goes to show the increasing demand for our beautiful provincial parks,” said David Piccini, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “Upgrading infrastructure is one of the ways we’re working to improve the visitor experience, so that they have a memorable and positive time while at our parks, returning with their friends and families for years to come.”
Ongoing investment in Ontario Parks infrastructure is another way the government is expanding recreational opportunities for Ontario families, boosting local tourism, and strengthening the protection and health of local wildlife and the environment. This project is part of Ontario’s $41.7 million investment over two years to upgrade and maintain Ontario Parks infrastructure to continue to ensure a modern and enjoyable parks experience.
- Algonquin Park protects more than 1.9 million acres of land. That’s bigger in size than the province of Prince Edward Island.
- Our world-class system of provincial parks is one of Ontario’s greatest strengths, providing health and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike for more than 125 years.
- Every dollar spent at Ontario Parks, from annual passes to purchases from the online store, is re-invested into Ontario Parks, helping to create a better park experience for visitors, improve services, programs and amenities and protect 340 provincial parks and 295 conservation reserves across the province.