Province spends $375,000 on new digs at Silent Lake

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The Ontario government announced this week it plans to invest $375,000 building three new yurts in Silent Lake Provincial Park.

MPP Laurie Scott said the spend would increase the capacity for overnight camping experiences at the park. She believes it will also provide a boost for local tourism.

“Silent Lake Provincial Park is a cherished part of our community. This funding will help maintain it as a vibrant destination for both residents and visitors,” Scott said. “This investment and new infrastructure will enhance the park’s facilities, ensuring visitors can continue to enjoy its natural beauty and recreational opportunities for years to come.”

Spanning parts of Haliburton County and Bancroft, the park features more than 19 kilometres of hiking trails and 17 kilometres of mountain biking trails. In the winter, it boasts more than 34 kilometres of groomed cross-country ski trails.

With this investment, the province has spent just over $914,000 improving infrastructure at the park since 2018.

Scott said building new and revitalizing existing accommodations was a key ask by stakeholders in a 2021 survey.

“Park visitors said they would be more likely to visit in the future if more roofed accommodations were available,” she said.

The yurts – portable round tents covered and insulated with canvas – will be available for people to rent by June 13. For more information, visit ontarioparks. ca/park/silentlake