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Northern tourism cash boosting area projects

Timmins among communities being featured in francophone travel itinerary initiative
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A number of Northern tourism initiatives are getting a funding boost. 

The provincial government has announced $4.9 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for 24 Northern Ontario tourism projects.

"Northern Ontario is an incredibly scenic region, with limitless potential for tourism," said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, in a news release.

"These investments will help northern tourism operations expand their  offerings, create jobs and promote regional prosperity, while showcasing this beautiful  part of Ontario to visitors from across the province and around the world."

While there are no direct projects in Timmins, it will benefit from $70,000 being given to Destination Northern Ontario to create francophone travel itineraries showcasing Cochrane and Timmins, Hearst and Kapuskasing, Kenora, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Temiskaming Shores, and Thunder Bay.

A number of projects in the area are also being supported. Those include:

  • $419,465 for Veilleux Camping & Marina in Hearst to buy equipment and build new facilities, including campsites and fishing huts.
  • $317,224 for Kapuskasing Golf Club to revamp its clubhouse.
  • $199,851 for Lakeside Campground Inc. in Moonbeam to buy equipment and build RV lots and a garage.
  • $198,500 for JMB Project Management to create an RV park in Matheson
  • $104,326 for North 49 Powersports Inc. in Kapuskasing to develop a tourism business offering guided ATV and snowmobile excursions.

Destination Northern Ontario is also receiving $300,000 to transition its training services online in response to COVID-19, and $134,762 to develop a plan to turn northeastern Ontario into a world-class snowmobile destination.