MORRISBURG – The jack-o-lanterns of Pumpkinferno have just received a $97,750 face lift.
Celebrate Ontario is making the contribution to enhance the St. Lawrence Parks Commission’s annual festivity at Upper Canada Village. This week’s announcement also included a total of $105,500 for another SLPC event — Fort Henry’s wintertime Lumina Borealis.
Together, these two events draw over 95,000 visitors during the tourism off season, create an estimated 125 jobs and generate upwards of $9.5 million in economic impacts annually, according to the SLPC.
The funding will also be used to create new Canada 150 themed exhibits at Pumpkinferno highlighting Canadian culture and heritage over 150 years. From the fur traders to the Group of Seven to a celebration of Canada’s north and sport, Pumpkinferno will be “a must-see fall stop to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial,” says the SLPC.
Celebrate Ontario’s investment plays an important role in event development and renewal, ensuring visitors return to visit year after year and travel from overnight markets. SLPC touts the large-scale special events act as an important catalyst for shoulder season tourism to the region, the Province of Ontario and contribute to the SLPC’s business goals.
Lumina Borealis at Fort Henry in Kingston has enchanted over 58,000 visitors since its launch in December 2016. Lumina Borealis is open through March break, wrapping up the season on March 18.
Funding will be directed to enhance the magic of the winter landscape at Lumina Borealis with the creation of a new Lumina Zone. Visitors will enjoy more engagement and interactivity at the memorable, one-of-a-kind experience.
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission operates facilities in 16 municipalities stretching from Kingston to the Quebec border, including Upper Canada Village, Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada, Crysler Park Marina, Upper Canada Golf Course, Skywood Eco Adventure, Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary and 13 campgrounds and beach day-use picnic areas including the Long Sault and 1000 Islands Parkway.