Fed funding bolsters tourism infrastructure in several Eastern Ontario counties

Bon Echo provincial park
Bon Echo provincial park, which lies within the township boundaries of both Addington Highlands and North Frontenac, will receive $400,000 to develop an online app and new programming.

From Kingston to Carleton Place and from Perth to Smiths Falls, 37 tourism-related projects have received almost $10 million in funding from the federal government.

“Support for tourism operators and communities allows them to bring back visitors, enhance public spaces, share knowledge and experiences and prepare for a strong future,” said Filomena Tassi, minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, at an announcement in Kingston this week.

The announcement was made at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, which received a non-repayable investment of $304,000 to renovate the historical building at the Kingston Dry Dock national historic site. The project includes restoring the museum’s heritage architecture, including exhibit galleries, windows and doors, to improve energy efficiency and attract visitors to the museum.

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“We are on a mission to restore the Kingston Dry Dock national historic site, an outstanding example of 19th-century maritime heritage along Kingston’s downtown waterfront. Central to our mission, this restoration will further our ability to provide a unique community space for events, programs and exhibits that connect visitors to the stories of the Great Lakes and Kingston,” said Chris West, chair of the museum’s board.

The announcement of more than $9.8 million included infrastructure and tourism projects throughout Kingston, Frontenac, Lanark, and Lennox and Addington. The funding comes through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund and the Tourism Relief Fund.

Other projects include $400,000 to develop an online app and new programming for Bon Echo provincial park; $750,000 toward the revitalization of the Almonte downtown core, phase 1; $750,000 to connect the library and town hall campus with a green space that incorporates performance space, leisure space and farmers market structures in Smiths Falls; and $750,000 to renovate and repair the Ferguson’s Falls community hall.

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