Outdoor Hospitality News

For owners, operators, team members, and anyone else interested in camping, glamping, or the RV industry.

Public Consultations Conclude for Ontario’s First New Full-Service Provincial Park in Four Decades

The final public consultations for the development of Bigwind Lake Provincial Park, the first new full-service provincial park in Ontario in 40 years, concluded on Saturday. 

This development marks a significant expansion in the province’s commitment to enhancing outdoor recreational activities and accessibility.

The Ontario government announced last year its intention to transform Bigwind Lake Provincial Park, situated east of Bracebridge, into a comprehensive operational campground. Initially, the government released limited details, but further plans have now been unveiled, highlighting substantial upgrades and new facilities.

Proposed developments at Bigwind Lake include the addition of 250 campsites and up to 25 roofed accommodations, aimed at boosting the park’s capacity for visitors seeking both traditional and slightly more comfortable camping experiences. The plans also call for the installation of essential services such as washrooms, showers, and facilities for dishwashing and laundry.

In addition to these amenities, the park is set to offer 25 backcountry sites for those preferring a more secluded camping experience. The enhancements are designed to cater to a variety of camping preferences and encourage longer stays within the park.

Bracebridge Mayor Rick Maloney, in a CBC report, expressed optimism about the project’s impact on local access and infrastructure. “I can say from the conversations I am having with folks in town, they’re excited about the opportunity,” Maloney said. He emphasized that the structure brought by the development would improve access to the park, which is currently limited.

The provincial government’s proposal, first unveiled in March, includes a potential boundary expansion and the creation of an integrated trail network that will accommodate a variety of recreational activities. Among the new activities to be supported are cross-country skiing, canoeing, and hiking, enhancing the park’s appeal during both summer and winter seasons.

Officials also highlighted the introduction of an accessible trail and several walking trails, aiming to make the natural beauty of the park available to more people. This is part of a broader initiative to ensure that the park’s facilities and offerings are inclusive and accessible to all visitors.

Additional recreational opportunities will include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and sport fishing, diversifying the activities available to visitors throughout the year.

The economic impact of the revamped park is significant, with the province estimating that it could generate about CA$16 million annually for Bracebridge and the surrounding areas once it opens. This projection is based on expected visitation rates and the increased number of visitors the new facilities are likely to attract.

Although the park is about a half-hour drive from Bracebridge, Maloney anticipates that visitors will engage with the local community, enhancing economic activities in the town. “You’ll soon find out you want to take an excursion, you want to get the ice cream cone, catch a movie in town or maybe you need to get some supplies,” he explained.

The initiative to develop Bigwind Lake Provincial Park into a full-service facility reflects a strategic move by the Ontario government to enhance outdoor recreational infrastructure and promote regional tourism, providing a significant boost to the local economy and improving access to natural spaces.

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
12 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
lucky13gal_16
lucky13gal_16
May 2, 2024 5:11 pm

Isn’t it exciting to learn about the eco-friendly initiatives at Bigwind Lake Provincial Park? I reckon it’s awesome that they’re focusing on preserving nature and wildlife. Can’t wait for those educational programs to enhance our park experience!

UmarEthereal
UmarEthereal
May 2, 2024 7:18 pm
Reply to  lucky13gal_16

It’s truly exhilarating to discover the eco-friendly initiatives flourishing at Bigwind Lake Provincial Park. The dedication to sustainability and nature conservation is a remarkable step forward for the environment! Your enthusiasm is infectious!

Susan Baker
Susan Baker
May 3, 2024 4:08 am
Reply to  UmarEthereal

It’s fantastic seeing efforts for eco-friendliness at Bigwind Lake Park. Your vibe is inspiring! Picture a serene park day with sustainable picnics.

ian_inks
ian_inks
May 2, 2024 9:15 pm

I’m super curious about the public input that shaped the upgrades at Bigwind Lake. I’d love to know how visitor feedback influenced the park’s final plans! When can we all start enjoying these awesome new features at the park? Can’t wait to explore!

ronny_rocks
ronny_rocks
May 2, 2024 9:43 pm

Hey! Did you hear about the concerns raised by some environmental groups regarding the impact of the park’s development on its ecosystem and wildlife? It’s got me thinking about the balance between progress and preservation.

Paul Howard
Paul Howard
May 3, 2024 1:29 am
Reply to  ronny_rocks

It’s been quite the talk lately. Some environmental groups express concerns about park development’s impact on the ecosystem and wildlife. What are your thoughts on this delicate balance?

Seth Peak
Seth Peak
May 2, 2024 9:51 pm

Isn’t it exciting that the new Bigwind Lake Provincial Park in Ontario will be a hotspot for campers and nature lovers? It’s all about creating a fantastic outdoor experience for everyone!

BlueGem1232
BlueGem1232
May 3, 2024 10:16 am
Reply to  Seth Peak

Creating an amazing outdoor spot for everyone is key! Imagine Bigwind Lake Provincial Park becoming a go-to spot for campers and nature lovers. how exciting is that?

Yara Field
Yara Field
May 3, 2024 1:51 am

Can’t believe the misconceptions about the park! Exciting news for Ontario campers – the park’s new amenities, secluded sites, hiking trails, and wildlife views promise an incredible adventure.

Wakeful1239
Wakeful1239
May 3, 2024 7:50 am
Reply to  Yara Field

You’re in for a treat! The park’s amenities and sites are top-notch! 🌲 Get ready for an adventure like no other, trust me, it’s gonna blow your socks off! 🧦

urbanHiker
urbanHiker
May 3, 2024 3:03 am

Have you heard about the awesome new stuff coming to Bigwind Lake Provincial Park? Imagine hiking trails, biking paths, and cool waterfront activities to make your outdoor adventures even better! Plus, get ready for eco-friendly projects and wildlife programs to deepen your bond with nature.

Circletoro56
Circletoro56
May 3, 2024 4:40 am

How cool is it that Bigwind Lake Provincial Park’s upgrades will include new programs to connect visitors with nature? I love how they’re focusing on sustainability and conservation. So important!

Advertisement

Send this to a friend
Hi, you might find this article from Modern Campground interesting: Public Consultations Conclude for Ontario’s First New Full-Service Provincial Park in Four Decades! This is the link: https://moderncampground.com/canada/ontario/public-consultations-conclude-for-ontarios-first-new-full-service-provincial-park-in-four-decades/