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Province Spending $16M to Improve Whiteshell Region

July 19, 2013 11:24 AM | News

West Hawk Lake

West Hawk Lake (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Manitoba government is spending $16 million on 28 new projects in Whiteshell Provincial Park.

The largest investment in the park’s history was announced Friday by Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh.

Improvements to West Hawk Lake will be completed this summer, and include more than one kilometre of repaved roadway, new parking for up to 300 cars and boat trailers, two new boat ramps to double launching capacity and ease traffic-flow, new decorative walkway lighting, more trees and benches, and large outdoor art installations inspired by the park’s natural history including a new etched beach wall.

“Our provincial parks are some of the most affordable and most visited in the country. They are the setting for some Manitoban’s most wonderful memories of good times with family and friends,” Mackintosh said of the 1.4 million visits the park sees each year.

Other projects around the Whiteshell include the refurbishment of boat launches at McDougal’s Landing, Dorothy and Star lakes, completed upgrades to West Hawk sewage lagoon, and the start of improvements to the Falcon Lake South Shore and Big Whiteshell South Shore roads.

Other planned upgrades for the park include:

  • Building new modern washroom/showers at Betula, Big Whiteshell, Falcon, Brereton, and West Hawk and White lakes campgrounds
  • Upgrading drinking water treatment at Brereton, White Lake, Opapiskaw, Caddy Lake and Big Whiteshell campgrounds
  • Electrifying campsites at the Brereton and Nutimik campgrounds
  • Building more yurts at the Nutimik campground
  • Refurbishing the Falcon Lake Mall and the West Hawk Marina
  • Constructing a new waste-water treatment facility at West Hawk/Falcon and Brereton