FedNor invests more than $8.7 million to support tourism, a strong recovery and future growth across Northern Ontario
Canada's tourism sector is an essential contributor to the Canadian economy. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the sector was generating $102 billion in annual economic activity, 1.8 million jobs and accounted for over two percent of GDP. However, the sector has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic. During these challenging times, the Government of Canada is stepping up efforts to ensure that tourism businesses and organizations, as well as municipalities and Indigenous communities dependent on the sector, are resourced and ready to ramp up quickly to welcome back visitors.
In recognition of National Tourism Week, which runs from May 29 to June 4, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor, announced FedNor investments totalling $8,750,385 to protect, strengthen and grow Northern Ontario’s tourism sector. Provided through the Government of Canada’s Tourism Relief Fund (TRF), the investments will support 58 tourism projects and create and maintain more than 578 jobs in municipalities and Indigenous communities across the region.
Launched in July 2021, the TRF was created to help organizations and businesses in the tourism sector adapt their operations to meet public health requirements, offer innovative products and services to visitors and welcome back travellers. The TRF is administered by Canada’s regional development agencies and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.
Northwestern Ontario TRF initiatives supported by FedNor
Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission
A FedNor investment of $500,00 will assist the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) in revitalizing Thunder Bay’s waterfront. The funds will support the improvement of the city’s Pool 6 area, 24.3 hectares of waterfront property. Specifically, this project will include trail development and paving, site restoration, rubble removal and processing, expansion of the existing electrical grid, and the development of safety infrastructure such as lighting, fencing, and cameras. The project location is within metres of Thunder Bay’s cruise ship docking site and will support the local tourism industry by enhancing the associated attractions and attracting long-term, large-scale development. This FedNor investment will help create eight full-time jobs.
Wilderness North received a repayable FedNor investment of $500,000 to help maintain its operations and alleviate financial pressures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, this funding provided liquidity relief to help Wilderness North overcome the challenges caused by border closures and provincial COVID-19 restrictions. This targeted investment will help maintain 71 jobs in Northwestern Ontario.
Tamarack Island Wilderness Lodge Inc.
Tamarack Island Wilderness Lodge Inc. (Tamarack Lodge) is benefitting from a non-repayable FedNor investment of $100,00 to winterize lodge facilities. Specifically, facility upgrades will include adding and improving insulation, replacing windows and doors, upgrading the power system, winterizing the water system, and increasing heating and fuel capacities. Once complete, this priority project will allow Tamarack Lodge to expand its service to four-season offerings and create two new jobs and maintain two more.
Obabikon Bay Camp
Obabikon Bay Camp will receive $100,000 to develop an events venue at its location on Lake of the Woods. Specifically, the non-repayable FedNor investment will support the replacement of three cabins and upgrading of the facility’s deck and gazebo, all of which will enhance accessibility and address COVID-19 safety considerations. Once complete, the project will allow Obabikon Bay Camp to develop event-related business revenue in addition to expanding its existing hunting and fishing clientele, which will create four temporary jobs, while supporting future growth and job creation.
Mylie’s Place Resort Ltd.
Mylie’s Place Resort Ltd. is benefitting from a non-repayable FedNor investment of $100,000 to support its shoreline redevelopment project. Specifically, the project will replace an existing retaining wall and add a second, install wider sidewalks and replace stairs and steps with accessible sloping paths and sidewalks. The project will also support the installation of bench swings, planters, solar lighting, walkways, and landscaping enhancements. Once complete, this strategic initiative will create an enhanced, multi-use green space that will support a variety of events such as weddings, photography sessions, corporate retreats, business outings, and family reunions. This project is helping to create two full-time jobs.
Canadian Fly In Outposts Ltd.
A non-repayable FedNor investment of $100,00 will assist Canadian Fly In Outposts Ltd. in constructing two new outpost guest cabins. The facilities, which will be built on Entwine and Off Lakes, will meet accessibility needs and will be finished with easy-to-clean and disinfect materials to create a safe and welcoming experience. This priority project will help the business grow its operations, while creating two jobs and maintaining four more.
Wolf River Campground
Wolf River Campground will receive a $100,000 non-repayable FedNor contribution to upgrade it’s infrastructure and RV services that would enable the resort to expand its offerings and accommodate more RV tourists travelling on the Trans-Canada Highway. Specifically, the funding will allow Wolf River Campground to install water, sewer, and electrical service to support all 50 existing RV sites. This project will help maintain two positions and create two full-time jobs.
Rendez-vous Restaurants of Fort Frances Ltd.
Rendezvous Restaurants of Fort Frances is benefitting from a non-repayable FedNor investment of $100,000 to help build an outdoor commercial patio. Specifically, the investment will support the construction of a planned 3,700 square foot patio attached to an existing dock, providing space for events such as weddings, live music, dining, and other leisure activities, while also providing a staging area for guided fishing tours and other aquatic activities. The project will also include improvements aimed at reducing shore erosion, an expanded beach area, improving accessibility, and new lighting. This project will create eight new full-time jobs.
Pasha Lake Cabins Inc.
Pasha Lake Cabins is receiving non-repayable FedNor funding of $100,000 through the TRF to upgrade and modernize its operations. Specifically, the investment will be used to renovate or construct winter cabin accommodations that would increase capacity from 35 to 60 beds, construct a 1,600-square-foot multipurpose storage shed/guest services facility, and improve trails that link to the existing hiking and snow mobile trail network in the area. These improvements would enable the company to accommodate additional guests, as well as facilitate the expansion of operations into the winter season. The project is expected to create two new jobs and maintain two existing positions.
Rainy Lake Outfitters Inc.
Rainy Lake Outfitters Inc. will receive a non-repayable FedNor contribution of $95,000 to support the construction of a guest lodge facility. Specifically, the planned structure will be 2,048 sq ft., containing four units designed to support COVID-19 safe operating practices, with kitchenettes and bathrooms. Once complete, the new lodge will allow the business to double its weekly guest capacity and create two full-time jobs.
Maynard Lake Lodge
Maynard Lake Lodge will receive a non-repayable investment of $90,030 to design and install a solar power system at its fly-in location. This project will see Maynard Lake Lodge fitted with a hybrid micro-grid solar electric power system, which will provide renewable power and decrease both the company’s operating expenses and carbon footprint.
Mahkwa Lodge Corporation
A non-repayable FedNor investment of $80,526 will assist Mahkwa Lodge in winterizing their facility for four-season use. FedNor’s support will allow the lodge to offer year-round events and would more than double the current operating season. Specifically, the project will include the expansion of heating systems, winterizing the well and septic systems, upgrades to cabin siding, the installation of energy-efficient outdoor lighting, and accessibility upgrades. This investment will create one full-time job and one part-time job.
Indiaonta Resort is benefitting from a non-repayable FedNor investment of $65,000 through NODP and TRF, to allow the construction of an enclosure that will provide an area to properly process wild game and will be equipped with storage and freezer services. The facility will assist Indiaonta Resort to diversify their offerings and cater to both domestic and international tourists. This investment will help the business develop a more unique tourism attraction, which will contribute to the tourism industry of Northwestern Ontario as a whole. Once complete, this project is expected to help maintain two positions and create four new jobs.
Kashabowie River Resort Ltd.
A non-repayable FedNor investment of $63,210 will assist Kashabowie River Resort in renovating and winterizing an existing building, constructing a central pavilion structure, and developing a variety of recreation resources. Specifically, the building will be converted from one unit into four. Improvements will include installing new insulation and a vapour barrier, adding new furnaces and hot water tanks, as well as building and covering new decks to allow the pavilion to serve as a gathering place for winter activities. In addition, hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing trails will be established and a skating rink will be built. FedNor’s support of this project will help create two full-time jobs.
Silver Muskie Lodge
Silver Muskie Lodge will receive a non-repayable contribution of $53,776 through NODP and TRF, to improve road access to the facility, as well as the upgrading and expansion of the business’s solar power system. Specifically, acquiring and installing gravel to the current clay road will improve road conditions in a variety of weather conditions, and installing additional solar panels will support a transition toward sustainable energy. These upgrades will allow the business to diversify their customer base and to expand their contributions to tourism industry, while also creating three jobs and maintaining two more.
Corporation of the Township of Atikokan
A non-repayable FedNor investment of $43,875 will help the Township of Atikokan to modernize the Little Falls Community Centre. Specifically, the project will support the installation of an inclined platform stairlift to improve access to the second level of the facility. In addition, the project will also support deck repairs and the installation of non-slip flooring for mobility aids. Once complete, this project is expected to increase the facility’s visitor traffic by 20 percent and create two permanent part-time positions and four seasonal full-time positions.
Tinker’s Places Ltd.
Tinker’s Places will receive a non-repayable investment of $25,000 through FedNor’s TRF, renovate, expand its operations. Specifically, this investment will support the installation of energy efficient heating and cooling units at the main lodge and seven rental cabins, as well as new roofing on of three cabins. Once complete, these strategic upgrades will allow Tinker’s Places to extend its operating season, reduce its carbon footprint and expand its service offerings to include events such as weddings and corporate meetings, as well as Spring and Fall-specific activities such as hunting and fishing, foraging, and photography trips.
Fort William Curling and Athletic Club Inc.
The Fort William Curling and Athletic Club Inc. is benefitting from a non-repayable investment of $14,175 through TRF to help purchase new ice-making equipment. Replacing the club’s obsolete equipment will enable it to create high quality ice so it can host community, provincial, and national curling events. This project will help the organization to increase local membership, host future national and international events, and increase economic activity in the community and region. The upgraded equipment is helping maintain two full-time positions.
Municipality of Machin
The Municipality of Machin received a $3,415 non-repayable FedNor contribution to support the development of a promotional tourism video. Designed to showcase local businesses, destinations, recreational activities, the four-minute video is helping to attract new visitors to the area by shining the spotlight on local tourism opportunities and the natural beauty of Eagle River, Minnitaki, and Vermilion Bay. The video is currently airing on the Municipality’s website and various social media platforms.
Northeastern Ontario TRF initiatives supported by FedNor
Municipality of Callander
A non-repayable FedNor investment of $500,000 will enable Municipality of Callander to complete infrastructure upgrades designed to revitalize its waterfront development area at Callander Bay. Specifically, the funding will be used to complete infrastructure upgrades to Lansdowne Road to attract business development in the community. The upgrades will also include widening, installation of sidewalks and street-scape features such as benches, vegetation, lighting and aesthetic waste bins. This strategic investment will also allow the community to enhance its local pier and modernize Centennial Park. Once complete the areas will feature a new boardwalk, boat launch and sheltered areas, enhanced lighting, as well as facility and accessibility upgrades to the washrooms, canteen, ramp, splash pad and paved parking area. This project is expected to create four full-time jobs during the construction phase of the initiative.
Patterson Kaye Resort
With a repayable FedNor investment of $500,000 through the TRF, Patterson Kaye Resort is constructing four new cottages and refurbishing 11 existing cottages to help ensure the operator remains a vital part of the Muskoka tourism industry moving forward. The project will help this four-season Bracebridge resort modernize its tourism offerings and increase profitability, while attracting new tourists to the region. Specifically, the funding will support construction costs at all stages. The project is expected to create 30 jobs during the construction phase, 10 new seasonal, full-time jobs while maintaining 49 more.
Town of Parry Sound
The Town of Parry Sound is receiving a non-repayable investment of $494,250 through the TRF to complete a re-design of the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame’s exhibit space in time to coincide with the facility’s 20th anniversary in 2023. The project will result in a new visitor experience with the creation of a more flexible exhibition area that will serve to re-interpret Parry Sound’s sport heritage. The new energy-efficient space will feature inductees into the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame and will also honor the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action to tell the story of Aboriginal athletes in Canadian history. In addition, a new science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) gallery will allow for the expansion of educational program offerings, and a new exhibit in partnership with the Georgian Bay Biosphere will serve as a place where people can learn about the region and its ecological significance. This initiative is expected to generate eight jobs during planning and construction, and another five permanent jobs, while maintaining five more.
Wikwemikong Development Commission
The Wikwemikong Development Commission will receive a non-repayable FedNor contribution of $492,184 to support phase two of the community’s Point Grondine Park development project. Specifically, the funding will be used to construct an off-grid comfort station that features solar power and various energy and water-saving technologies. The facility will be fully accessible, improve health and safety amenities at the adventure park, attract more visitors to the area, and create further opportunities to share Anishnawbek culture. This project will help maintain two seasonal positions and create 10 full time jobs during the construction phase of the initiative.
Town of Gravenhurst
The Town of Gravenhurst is receiving a non-repayable FedNor investment of $357,500 to enhance the Muskoka Wharf and create new product offerings at the waterfront in Gravenhurst. Identified as strategic priority in the community’s Wharf Revitalization Plan, the project will include establishing retail spaces on vacant land around Wharf to attract small businesses, developing pedestrian way-finding, as well as landscaping and shoreline upgrades to ensure environmentally sustainability. The funding will also be used to replace five of the existing docks and complete accessibility and boat launch upgrades to enhance the user experience. As part of the project, the Town of Gravenhurst will also revitalize five waterfront facilities including the sports services building, two sets of public washrooms, a public picnic shelter and the Muskoka Discovery Centre. Once complete, this project is expected to support 28 businesses, attract more events to the region, while creating 30 local jobs and help maintain over 180 more.
Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs
Thanks to a non-repayable FedNor investment of $305,555, the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs will purchase five Mogul Master and two SUR TRAC drags. This new equipment will help enhance the snow trail riding experience across Northern Ontario by providing smooth surfaces and complement Destination Northern Ontario's World's Best Snowmobile Destination project by attracting more visitors to the area. In addition to infrastructure upgrades, smooth and wider trails would help bring more outdoor enthusiasts to the area, which will provide a much-needed boost to business in many communities during the slower winter tourist season.
Township of Billings
A non-repayable FedNor investment of $264,376 through TRF will allow the Township of Billings to advance phase two of its Kagawong Waterfront Redevelopment Plan. Specifically, this targeted investment will help modernize the Austin Hunt Marina to enhance the visitor experience and increase spending at local businesses. Upgrades to the marina will including expanded dockage, shoreline stabilization with sheet piling, a walking path and improved parking. Once complete this tourism initiative is expected attract more boaters to the community and create 6 local jobs.
Town of Gore Bay
The Town of Gore Bay, on the north shore of Manitoulin Island, is receiving $249,000 through the TRF to upgrade its waterfront and boardwalk to attract more tourists, and in turn, increase spending at local businesses. Specifically, the funding will be used to construct two bridges, pave the front parking lot of the Harbour Centre (an arts incubator and museum hub), landscape the shoreline and install educational signage, flooring and a chairlift to enhance accessibility of the centre’s third-floor museum. This project will create six jobs during the construction phase.
Township of Muskoka Lakes
A non-repayable FedNor investment of $162,000 through TRF is helping the Township of Muskoka Lakes remove and replace the existing municipal dock, which was decommissioned due to flood damage in the spring of 2019. The new dock will create a Southern access point by water to Bala, paving the way for more boaters to visit the community and the 75 small businesses and services located in the downtown core. Identified as a local priority, this strategic initiative is expected to create five jobs during the construction phase of the project.
Township of Gauthier
With a non-repayable investment of $187,600, the Township of Gauthier is revitalizing its waterfront to enhance a gathering and event space for tourists and residents alike at Crystal Beach, a municipally owned property. The project will include key site improvements and equipment purchases, such as the addition of shade protection, bear-wise garbage containers, bilingual signage, and kayaks and paddle boards with proper safety equipment. The goal of the project is to re-open the area, overcome the isolating effects of COVID-19 restrictions, and increase the accessibility of a popular summer destination in the Kirkland Lake area.
Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve
A non-repayable FedNor contribution of $159,871 is helping the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve develop sustainable eco-adventure and cultural tourism products aimed at creating value-added experiences for tourists with a special focus on Viking's Great Lake Cruise liners. The not-for-profit organization is coordinating shoreline excursions for guests from May to September 2022. The funding is being used to develop capacity to offer this service for Parry Sound and build the experience to support future and expanded cruise ship tourism. This project will create two new full-time equivalent jobs and up to 12 part-time positions in direct support of servicing new tourism experiences.
Park to Park Trail Association
The Park to Park Trail Association, which has worked to develop, build and maintain trails across the 10 municipalities between Killbear and Algonquin Provincial Parks, is benefitting from a non-repayable FedNor contribution of $102,500. The funding will support the development of an interpretive signage and associated digital interpretive program to enhance the tourism experience in the regions of Parry Sound, Muskoka, Almaguin Highlands, and Algonquin Park. The project will create and support innovative tourism offerings attractive to local, domestic and international visitors by supporting the development and implementation of interpretive signage integrated into digital storytelling for self-guided, outdoor, interactive experiences. One part-time job will be created during the development and implementation of the project.
North Channel Cruise Line
A non-repayable FedNor contribution of $100,000 will help the North Channel Cruise Line to modernize and complete clean energy upgrades to its 100 passenger tour vessel. This strategic investment will help meet the growing demand for the company's services, create jobs and new tour products, and to improve the environmental efficiency of its operations. Specifically the funding will be used to replace the vessel’s propulsion system, install 16 solar panels to power electrical systems, modify and improve the cabin to enhance safety, and open a second ticketing outlet on the docks in Killarney, Ontario, to expand cruise and ferry services to Manitoulin Island. Once complete, this project is expected to create one permanent and six seasonal full-time jobs.
Island 10 Fishing Retreat
Island 10 Fishing Retreat is receiving a non-repayable FedNor contribution of $100,000 through TRF to modernize its operations and increase efficiencies by adopting environmentally sustainable practices. Specifically, the funding will be used to reconfigure and renovate the main lodge create additional space to allow for social distancing between guests. The investment will also be used to construct two new docks, expand dining room, laundry and cleaning facilities, and complete energy efficient upgrades such as installing solar panels, insulation and new windows. This strategic initiative is expected to increase tourism and create five jobs during the construction phase of the project.
Forest Rock Cottage Resort
Forest Rock Cottage Resort is receiving a non-repayable FedNor contribution of $100,000 to modernize its operations and create new tourism experiences. Designed to increase revenue and expand tourism offerings, the project will include transforming an existing barn into a commercial lodge and event venue for up to 80 people. The funding will also be used to complete accessibility enhancements, upgrade the swimming area, install floating docks, construct up to eight new RV sites and create scenic walking trails, mini putt area and playground, as well as a sports court. Once complete, this project is expected to help the business attract more visitors and increase revenue, while creating five jobs during the construction phase of the project.
A summer-season anchor attraction in the Muskoka region for almost seven decades, Santa’s Village is receiving a non-repayable TRF contribution of $100,000 to support a major infrastructure project that is needed to support expansion plans. Specifically, the funding will be used to help Santa’s Village install a sanitary line along five kilometres of municipal roadway, enabling the theme park and campground to reclaim land being used as a septic bed, allowing for expansion as well as future growth into the shoulder and winter seasons. This initiative will help Santa’s Village expand its offerings and increase the number of visitors, welcoming a new generation of travelers to the region. With its expansion, the theme park is expected to create more than 20 new jobs in the short term, with continued plans to grow in future years.
With a non-repayable contribution of $100,000, Nobel-based Katawoda Cottages will make improvements to its operations to enable the resort to operate year-round. Specifically, the funding will be used to upgrade one kilometre of dirt road leading to the camp to ensure safety and accessibility in all four seasons. It will also be used to drill a well to access running, potable water, and winterize a number of the cottages that are available to rent. These improvements will open the door to a multitude of new offerings specifically related to shoulder and winter seasons including ice fishing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. This investment will lead to new tourism experiences in the region, helping to sustain the resort’s operations and further promote business growth and expansion. The project will create three full-time positions during the construction phase and two part-time positions to support the operation’s busy season.
Air Ivanhoe Limited
Air Ivanhoe Limited received non-repayable funding of $100,000 to produce a 13-episode television series that aired on Wild TV’s Canada Out of Doors program from December 2021 until Spring 2022. The project is helping this Foleyet outfitter increase domestic sales to offset the lack of U.S. visitation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, decreasing the company's dependence on international travelers. The project involved filming and editing footage of Air Ivanhoe’s entire operations, including its planes, drive-in lodge and cabins, a fly-in lodge, and its 10 fly-in cabins at various lakes across the region. The company hired a full-time employee to assist with the filming and editing, and its episodes have been airing four times per week on Wild TV. This project is expected to help maintain nine jobs at Air Ivanhoe Limited.
Tom Rae Lodge Ltd.
Tom Rae Lodge is receiving non-repayable funding of $100,000 to enhance and create new product offerings at their resort in Nipissing. Specifically, this investment will support costs to build a 50-person covered pavilion to be used for social and group events, renovate and winterize up to five cottages, install concrete pads to accommodate recreational vehicles, install solar panels to heat the swimming pool, and modify docks and decks to ensure accessibility for all. This investment will enable the lodge to host larger group gatherings, offer winter packages related to snowshoeing, ice fishing and snowmobiling, and to transform into a four-season, eco-friendly and accessible tourism destination. The project is expected to create three construction jobs during the duration of the project, and two other positions during the lodge’s busy season.
Marten River Escapes
A non-repayable FedNor investment through TRF is helping Marten River Escapes modernize and adapt its services to expand its client base by creating a safe environment with modern amenities and green technologies. Specifically, the funding will be used to complete upgrades to hydro and Wi-Fi systems. This includes installing a three-phase transformer, ventilation system and Wi-Fi and cell boosters, as well as upgrading to a Wi-Fi integrated contactless fuel dispensing system. Identified by the businesses as a growth priority, this strategic initiative is expected to create seven jobs during the construction phase of the project.
Haileybury Beach Motel
A non-repayable investment of $96,250 through the TRF will enable Haileybury Beach Motel to modernize its accommodations to improve the tourist experience. As a key player in the Lake Temiskaming Tour tourism cluster, this funding will enable the recipient to make improvements to its facilities, strengthening local tourism by drawing more tourists to the area as local businesses continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, improvements to this downtown waterfront facility will include completing kitchen upgrades and renovations, purchasing software to streamline reservations, installing new flooring, insulation and siding, and a variety of other small projects. Once complete, this initiative will create five jobs and maintain two more, while improving the tourism experience in the region.
Les Suites des Présidents Suites
With non-repayable funding of $95,000, Les Suites des Présidents Suites will be making improvements to its glamping operation on Farr Island, a historic five-acre island on Lake Temiskaming only a few kilometres from Haileybury. The project will help to modernize the facilities and create an innovative tourism offering that appeals to local and national visitors while extending operations over three seasons. Specifically, this investment will be used to erect five new structures for glamping, improve accessibility by building ramps, improving trails and modifying accommodations, add a teepee and platform for meditation and gathering, improve bathrooms and the public kitchen, and support a marketing and promotion strategy. The project is expected to create two new jobs.
Crane's Lochaven Wilderness Lodge
Crane's Lochaven Wilderness Lodge is receiving a non-repayable FedNor contribution of $95,000 to reduce emissions, increase efficiencies and extend its operating season. Specifically, the funding will be used to replace outdated propane heaters and stoves with energy efficient electric units and complete a series of electrical upgrades to ensure all facilities meet electrical code requirements.
Kirkland & District Community Development Corporation
With a non-repayable investment of $93,400, the Kirkland & District Community Development Corporation will develop a digitalized tourism assets inventory database, along with a regional website. The project will be undertaken in collaboration with the eight municipalities in the Community Futures Development Corporation’s catchment area, as well as with the Kirkland Lake Multicultural Centre and the Kirkland Lake & District Chamber of Commerce. Once complete, this investment will help showcase the region’s strengths, helping to increase opportunities for enhanced visitation, extend the summer season and boost employment. Through this initiative, one full-time job will be created.
Wolf Den Getaways Ltd.
Wolf Den Getaways Ltd. is receiving non-repayable funding of $83,000 to construct and equip an outdoor kitchen and dining area at their hostel and nature retreat in Dwight. Hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, the business will use this investment to re-invent their communal spaces. The kitchen will be constructed with wood from local woodlots, be partially screened in for maximum ventilation, and be powered predominantly by solar energy and natural gas, and use energy-efficient appliances, all while respecting prescribed health protocols. These improvements will help Wolf Den continue to offer the quintessential Algonquin Park experience to tourists from across the world, while bringing people back together safely. The project is expected to create six jobs during the construction phase and lead to further opportunities in the future.
Township of Larder Lake
With a non-repayable contribution of $75,000, the Township of Larder Lake in the Temiskaming region will install a new lighting system at the Larder Lake Ski Hill, covering all five slopes. The project is designed to attract more visitors and to make the popular destination a safe outdoor space. The Larder Lake Ski Hill is a multi-season, multi-use facility owned by the Township, attracting more than 75 percent of its visitors from outside the region. It offers numerous outdoor activities including sledding, skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoe trails, and hiking trails.
Camp Conewango is receiving a non-repayable FedNor contribution of $50,000 through TRF to upgrade and expand the business and extend its operating season. Specifically, the funding will be used to renovate an existing cottage, making it more accessible and available for year-round bookings. The funding will also support a new septic system installing, electricity and water line upgrades and building an access road to the new amenities. Once complete, this project is expected to help Camp Conewango attract more visitors, increase revenue and create two full-time jobs.
Olive the Lake
Olive the Lake, a cottage resort and fishing lodge in Marten River, will be expanding and modernizing its accommodations thanks to a non-repayable TRF contribution of $50,000. The funding will help the resort renovate existing infrastructure in order to comply with public health and safety protocols, improve accessibility for mobility challenged guests, and provide an enhanced experience for domestic and international tourists. This will include building an addition to one of their cottages to offer accessible accommodations, building a new set of stairs, making improvements to the games room/community hall, upgrading its Internet/Wi-Fi system, and purchasing an outdoor projection screen to offer new entertainment activities. The project is expected create four construction jobs and lead to increased tourism spending, stimulating the local economy.
Lodge on the Point
Lodge on the Point is receiving a $42,216 non-repayable contribution from FedNor to modernize its operations and transform the lodge into an all-season facility. This targeted investment will be used to compete a variety of upgrades such as winterizing cabins to support all-seasons use, dock repairs, a new covered gazebo, and adding two accessible washrooms. As a result of this investment, Lodge on the Point will be able to expand its operating season, accommodate larger groups, increase revenue and create two new jobs.
Moon Basin Marina and Cottages
With a $36,040 non-repayable FedNor contribution, Moon Basin Marina and Cottages (MBMC) will expand its operations and complete eco-friendly upgrades at their tourism venue in Mactier. Specifically, the funding will be used to construct five new glamping units and complete upgrades to the main facility such as installing biodegradable toilets and solar panels, common showers and morning breakfast area. As a result of this initiative, MBMC will be able to maintain two jobs and create two more by accommodating more guests, increasing revenue and attracting more tourists.
Northcentral Ontario TRF initiatives supported by FedNor
Town of Blind River
The Town of Blind River is receiving a non-repayable FedNor contribution of $500,000 to replace existing infrastructure and create a fully accessible dock area with electrical and potable water access at each of its 24 transient boat slips. In addition, the project will establish an emergency docking area to provide boats in distress a safe harbour and create an area for private-sector businesses to work on boats that are too large to be trailered to a land-based workshop. This project builds upon a recently completed FedNor investment to construct a new boardwalk with accessible features, erect a pavilion, and market the community as an accessible tourism destination. Once complete, the project will connect visitors to the community’s downtown area and public beach.
Destination Northern Ontario
An investment of $243,000 through the TRF is helping Destination Northern Ontario (DNO) to undertake a pan-Northern accommodations sector recovery and development initiative. With the non-repayable funding, the organization is researching and developing investment readiness tools in the accommodations sector with the goal of attracting capital investment to the DNO catchment area, which extends from the region north from French River to the Manitoba border. Once complete, the project will provide baseline data regarding accommodations in Northern Ontario, highlight potential investment opportunities and gap areas impeding tourism product development, as well as a platform on which to host and share the information in an easily accessible and searchable manner.
Errington’s Wilderness Islands Ltd.
Errington's Wilderness Islands Ltd., located on Wabatongushi Lake on the edge of the Chapleau Game Preserve, is receiving a non-repayable FedNor contribution of $100,000 through the TRF to modernize its facilities and equipment. The focus of the project is to enhance the consumer experience by adapting to changing health and safety expectations, increasing accessibility, modernizing its tourism offerings, and adopting more environmentally sustainable practices. Some of the improvements include new windows, an air purification system, expanded docks, the installation of a second, gender neutral washroom in the main lodge, assistive devices in its buildings and boats, and solar panels to reduce dependence on diesel. There will be three positions created during the construction phase of the project.
Glassy Bay Outfitters
With a non-repayable FedNor contribution FedNor contribution of $90,000, Glassy Bay Outfitters located north of Elliot Lake, will upgrade its cabins, dock and hanger to enhance the visitor experience for domestic and international tourists. The TRF funding will be used to screen in porches, expand docks to facilitate loading and unloading of aircraft, and add insulation and heating systems to winterize the camps, as well as the lounge and office of the sea base. This project is part of a strategy designed to expand Glassy Bay Outfitters’ operating season by 20 percent through enhanced winter tourism. Once the upgrades are complete, this project is expected to create six new full-time positions.
Moose Horn Lodge
A non-repayable FedNor contribution of $80,000 for Moose Horn Lodge will be used to construct a heated snowmobile enclosure to securely store the snowmachines of winter tourists vacationing in the area. This project is part of a strategy to extend the company’s operating season and tap into a new market as the only lodge operating in the Chapleau area during the winter season. This project will help Moose Horn Lodge to access a new and growing market, by creating the infrastructure necessary to meet guest needs and expectations.
White Lake Lodge
White Lake Lodge is receiving a non-repayable FedNor contribution of $77,850 to become a year-round operation and tap into new markets to include snowmobilers and ice fishing enthusiasts. Specifically, the non-repayable FedNor contribution funding will be used to improve the lodge’s cabins by installing eco-friendly and energy efficient heat pumps, proper drainage lines, new windows, and vinyl siding; replacing flooring; and upgrading washroom fixtures. Extending the season will allow the White River area business to increase its maximum yearly overnight stays from 210 nights to 365 nights.
PK Resort, a fishing and hunting lodge in the White River area, will benefit from a non-repayable FedNor contribution of $66,316 to install a solar panel system to provide power at its fly-in location. The installation will reduce dependence on diesel generators and associated operating costs. Once complete, the lodge will be more eco-friendly, enabling it to attract new wildlife to the site by reducing noise. The project is anticipated to create five jobs during the construction phase.
Garson’s Fly-in Outpost Limited
Garson's Fly-In Outposts Limited is receiving a non-repayable FedNor contribution of $36,000, through the TRF, to upgrade its outpost camps and docks in the Hornepayne and White River regions. The funding will pave the way for new cabin windows and doors, insulation, LED lighting, energy efficient appliances. In addition, the company will upgrade its water and septic systems and extend its docks. The goal of the project is to extend the business' operating season, add capacity and attract domestic consumers. Three positions will be created during the eight to 10 week construction phase of the project.
A $28,671 non-repayable FedNor contribution through the TRF will assist Hawk Air, a family-owned fly-in hunting and fishing charter service located in the Wawa region, to purchase 22 four-stroke boat motors, fuel tanks and propellers to replace its existing two-stroke boat motors. The new motors will reduce the company's carbon footprint, improve the customer’s experience by reducing the noise generated, improve the reliability of the motors and allow the company to reduce its fuel costs.
Alison Murphy, Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor
Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario
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