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Ontario Investing in Infrastructure Improvements at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

Purchase of a new patrol boat will improve visitor experience and boost local tourism

The Ontario government is investing $123,000 to purchase a new patrol boat for Wasaga Beach Provincial Park which will improve the visitor experience at the park and boost local tourism.

Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson said this announcement represents welcome news for residents and the tens of thousands of yearly visitors to Wasaga Beach. “This important investment will support the daily operations of this beautiful beach and is recognition of the significance of this incredible Provincial Park” Saunderson stated.

MPP Saunderson said this investment at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park to improve infrastructure supports the purchase of a new patrol boat.

“In 2022, Ontario Parks recorded more than 12.1 million visits and overnight camping grew by nine per cent 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.”

Ongoing investment in Ontario Parks infrastructure is another way the government is expanding recreational opportunities for Ontario families, boosting local tourism and strengthening the protection and health of local wildlife and the environment. This project is part of Ontario’s $41.7 million investment over two years to upgrade and maintain Ontario Parks infrastructure to continue to ensure a modern and enjoyable parks experience.

Quick Facts
• Wasaga Beach boasts the world’s longest freshwater beach and is one of the premier tourist destinations in the province.
• Our world-class system of provincial parks is one of Ontario’s greatest strengths, providing health and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike for more than 125 years.
• Every dollar spent at Ontario Parks, from annual passes to purchases from the online store, is re-invested into Ontario Parks, helping to create a better park experience for visitors, improve services, programs and amenities and protect 340 provincial parks and 295 conservation reserves across the province.

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