December 11, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
More than $16 million will be spent by the province fixing up Whiteshell Provincial Park.
Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh said today the upgrades — there are 28 of them — include new streetscaping at the West Hawk Lake townsite, plus new parking for up to 300 cars and boat trailers and two new boat ramps.
He said it also includes new decorative walkway lighting and large outdoor art installations inspired by the park's natural history, including a new etched beach wall.
"Whiteshell has more than 1.4 million visits each year and we are making these investments because I want families to be able to continue enjoying the rushing rivers, waterfalls, beaches, plentiful wildlife, outstanding trails and clear deep lakes that make up this great natural playground," he said.
Mackintosh said the upgrades are to occur over the next seven years. Other areas to see work include the refurbishment of boat launches at McDougall's Landing, Dorothy and Star lakes, upgrades to the West Hawk Lake sewage lagoon, and the start of improvements to the Falcon Lake South Shore and Big Whiteshell South Shore roads.
He also said new washrooms and showers are to be built at the Betula, Big Whiteshell, Falcon, Brereton, West Hawk and White lake campgrounds. Upgrades to drinking-water treatment at Brereton Lake, White Lake, Opapiskaw, Caddy Lake and Big Whiteshell campgrounds are also being planned.
More campsites at Brereton and Nutimik campgrounds will be electrified, and more yurts will be added at the Nutimik campground. The Falcon Lake mall and the West Hawk Marina will be refurbished and a new waste-water treatment facility at West Hawk/Falcon and Brereton will be built.
"These investments are part of our Building The Parks Province: Manitoba's Parks Strategy to invest more than $100 million in park infrastructure by 2020," Mackintosh said. "They will benefit campers, cottagers and park visitors and keep our park services sustainable into the future."