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FedNor announces $1.7M for Kenora projects

Money comes through the Tourism Relief Fund, designed to help businesses impacted by COVID
Lac Seul Evergreen Lodge is one of 10 tourism businesses sharing in $1.7 million from the federal government.

FedNor announced $1.7 million in funding for Kenora-area initiatives earlier this week.

On April 6, Patty Hadju, the minister responsible for FedNor, announced the funds would go to 10 tourism-related projects in the area. Funding comes through the Tourism Relief Fund, which was announced last summer to help tourism businesses and organizations adapt their operations to meet public health requirements, offer innovative products and services to visitors, and welcome back travellers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recipients include:

  • Kenora Nordic and Biathlon Club, which will receive $500,000 to install LED lighting along its Nordic ski trail;
  • Andy Myers Lodge, which will receive $500,000 (full repayable) to alleviate financial pressures resulting from border closures and provincial restrictions introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, which will receive $193,500 (non-repayable) upgrade the Northern Ontario Sport Fishing Centre;
  • Bonny Bay Camp & R.V. Park Ltd. (Bonny Bay Camp), which will receive $100,000 (non-repayable) to expand and upgrade its marina, three cabins and its RV park.
  • Lac Seul Floating Lodges, which will receive $100,000 (non-repayable) to construct a new all-season waterfront facility;
  • Indian Point Camp, which will receive $87,734 to install a well, water hookups, and electrical service; construct and access road; and build 16 fully serviced RV lots with lake views;
  • Lac Seul Evergreen Lodge, which will receive $79,375 (non-repayable) to purchase equipment, relocate existing cabins, and construct an accessible cabin to cater to hunters, ice anglers, and snowmobilers.
  • Township of Ear Falls, which will receive $58,418 (non-repayable) to install an outdoor pavilion for social, community and special events;
  • Hanson's Wilderness Lodges, which will receive $54,425 (non-repayable) to install energy-efficient upgrades, expand the beach and construct a larger dock, and refurbish a tour boat, among other projects; and
  • Loon Haunt Enterprises, which will receive $50,000 (non-repayable) to purchase electric fridges and freezers and firefighting equipment, along with upgrading the company’s solar system to increase renewable energy production to power its fly-in location.