An outfitter near Flin Flon and a regional tourism group are among the recipients of a new round of federal tourism funding.
Just over $3 million in federal funding was announced for Manitoba projects through the Tourism Relief Fund, with more than half of that funding devoted to rural and northern projects. The money, announced on Feb. 17, has been provided through Prairies Economic Development Canada.
Near Flin Flon, Hill Valley Enterprises and Bakers Narrows Lodge received $99,999 in federal funding for their site, located about 20 kilometres away from Flin Flon. That money, according to the federal announcement, will be used to “winterize 15 log cabins, construct an aurora pod for Northern Lights viewing, hire new staff to support marketing and the growing number of guests during the winter season.”
Much of the funding being allocated through the fund will go to Travel Manitoba - a total of $1.65 million in total. That money will be used to help the group “focus on tourism development into key rural and northern destinations across the province,” according to the federal announcement. Travel Manitoba operates tourism campaigns for areas around the province, including for northern Manitoba and the Flin Flon area, for which it played a key role in the development of “The Water and the Wild” place brand.
Other northern projects getting federal cash include Churchill-based Frontiers North, which will get $99,999 for “a zero carbon, silent touring experience in Churchill by incorporating a new, electric-powered Tundra Buggy into its fleet.”
Other projects getting funding are Brandon’s Provincial Exhibition, which will receive $102,000, Festival du Voyageur (which will get $99,999 for building snow and ice attractions in downtown Winnipeg), the Manitoba Museum (which will get $465,624 for marketing and communications, visitor experience changes and online sales services) and the Elkhorn Ranch and Resort ($500,000 to help build a nordic spa at its location near Riding Mountain National Park).