Ontario Construction News staff writer
The Ontario government is investing nearly $13 million to make capital improvements at Fort William Historical Park, one of Northern Ontario’s leading tourist attractions and one of the largest living history attractions in North America.
The announcement was made in Thunder Bay by Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, and Sergio Buonocore, General Manager of Fort William Historical Park.
“As I tour the province, people tell me about the devastating impact the COVID-19 outbreak has had on their business and Ontario’s tourism sector as a whole,” said Minister MacLeod. “Fort William Historical Park is an economic catalyst for the region, which is why our government is continuing to invest in Northern Ontario. We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to safely explore one of Ontario’s award-winning heritage attractions this season and for years to come.”
Recent capital investments in the 47-year-old property include projects such as:
- Development of a new access road to streamline traffic flow and allow for larger events.
- Site rehabilitation to repair and maintain heritage structures throughout the fort.
- Remediation and repairs needed due to recent flooding.
“Fort William Historical Park welcomes the ongoing support of the province,” said Sergio Buonocore, General Manager. “The work being completed is essential to keeping this attraction in excellent condition, and ensuring that we continue to be the cultural and tourism focal point for Northern Ontario.”
Fort William Historical Park is devoted to re-creating the days of the North West Company and the Canadian fur trade.