THUNDER BAY – Fort William Historical Park has been closed, and the very popular Winter Carnival cancelled as a result of flooding, and the risk of more flooding at the very popular Northwestern Ontario tourist destination.
Sergio Buonocore, the park manager states, “It’s the crown jewel of the tourism industry in Northern Ontario.” The Voyageur Winter Carnival and the March Day camp have been cancelled.
The flooding which has impacted the basement of the Great Hall has caused park management to close washrooms, and to shut off power at the facility.
Despite the very cold Arctic conditions in the region, the flooding which has impacted the park has come as the Kaministiqua River has seen ice jams form and water hit the park.
Fort William Historical Park has seen flooding before. Reports are that over $20 million dollars have been invested to prevent serious damage to facilities.
With 57 heritage and modern buildings on 250 acres, Fort William offers a vivid and rich tapestry of fur trade life, running the gamut from culture to crafts, medicine to business, domestic life to heritage farming.