The province has promised over $1.5 million in capital funding to Huronia Historical Parks (HHP). The money is expected to help cover repair and rehabilitation costs and reinvigorate tourism in the region.
Tourism Minister Lisa MacLeod was at Penetanguishene’s Discovery Harbour, operated by HHP, to announce the funding Friday morning. “When the COVID-19 outbreak began, Ontario’s tourism industry was among the first and hardest hit,” said Minister MacLeod. “By investing in the general maintenance of our tourism and cultural facilities, we are ensuring that our local attractions remain world-class destinations that attract both domestic and international visitors to Simcoe County, when safely possible. As Ontario deals with the impacts of COVID-19, it’s important that we invest in tourism in our local communities to support their short- and long-term recovery.”
Discovery Harbour will receive $100,000 in funding to redevelop the facility’s wharf. The original fixed wharf is expected to be preserved, providing access to tall ships for thousands of visitors a year. Over $500,000 will go towards Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, a nationally designated historic site, to help conserve the oldest masonry in the province.
“We very much appreciate this support from the ministry to help keep our attractions in the best condition possible. They are important tourism attractions in our community as well as incredibly important cultural landmarks,” said Will Baird, General Manager at HHP.