The Ontario (Canada) government is investing CA$293,000 in infrastructure improvements at Awenda Provincial Park to enhance visitor experience and boost local tourism.
As per a report, upgrades will focus on the park’s roads, which face challenges due to Georgian Bay weather events and seasonal heavy vehicle use.
Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North, stated, “Awenda is a beautiful park accessed year-round by outdoor enthusiasts. Paving upgrades to the park roads are of utmost importance for visitors to safely and smoothly navigate the unique terrain.”
The infrastructure investment at Awenda Provincial Park supports the paving of roads within the park, improving the experience for visitors. This is beneficial for both day-trippers and those on extended camping holidays.
“In 2022, Ontario Parks recorded more than 12.1 million visits, and overnight camping grew by 9% 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.”
This project is part of Ontario’s CA$41.7 million investment over two years to upgrade and maintain the provincial parks’ infrastructure. The investment will ensure a modern and enjoyable experience for park visitors while expanding recreational opportunities for Ontario families, supporting local tourism, and protecting local wildlife and the environment.
Awenda Provincial Park offers over 2,900 hectares of forested land on the shores of Georgian Bay, featuring 31 kilometers of trails and 17 kilometers of backcountry ski trails in winter. Ontario’s provincial parks system, operating for more than 125 years, provides health and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike.
The outdoor recreation industry is impacted by infrastructure improvements in provincial parks like Awenda. As park infrastructure improves, it attracts more visitors, increasing revenue for local businesses and boosting the overall economy in the area.
The Ontario government’s CA$293,000 investment in road upgrades at Awenda Provincial Park will not only enhance the visitor experience but also contribute to the growth of the outdoor recreation industry and support local tourism.