WAKAW, MANITOU BEACH — Two tourism projects in the region are among 19 in the province receiving federal funding.
The Wheatland Express will receive $500,000 to develop an interpretative centre that focuses on Canadian, Indigenous and regional railway history in Wakaw, while the Mid-Sask Municipal Alliance will receive $210,000 to enhance tourism offerings at Manitou Beach and surrounding area.
Randy Boissonnault, the federal tourism minster, announced $3.7 million in federal support for the 19 projects at a press conference at Wanuskewin Heritage Park on Aug. 15.
“Our government is investing in projects that support economic recovery by encouraging residents and visitors to explore Saskatchewan’s natural beauty, history and diverse culture,” he said. “By helping businesses and tourism operators innovate and add to their products and services, today’s announcement will attract visitors from all horizons for a memorable Canadian tourism experience, while supporting local jobs and economies.”
The federal dollars come from the Tourism Relief Fund, which aims to, “help organizations in the tourism sector adapt operations to meet public health requirements, offer innovative products and services to visitors, and prepare to welcome travellers to Canada.” The fund has a budget of $500 million over two years.