Ontario Investing in Infrastructure Improvements at Silent Lake Provincial Park

East Haliburton County — The Ontario government is investing more than $375,000 to build new infrastructure at Silent Lake Provincial Park, which will increase opportunities for overnight camping experiences, improve the visitor experience at the park and boost local tourism.

“Silent Lake Provincial Park is a cherished part of our community, and this funding will help maintain it as a vibrant destination for both residents and visitors,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “This investment and new infrastructure will enhance the park’s facilities, ensuring that visitors can continue to enjoy its natural beauty and recreational opportunities for years to come.”

This investment will support the construction of three new yurts in Silent Lake Provincial Park. These new roofed accommodations are expected to be available to book for this summer on June 13, 2024.

“With more than 11 million annual visits, Ontario Parks is a top destination for individuals and families to enjoy the great outdoors,” said Andrea Khanjin, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. “By making these investments today, we will improve the overall experience at Ontario Parks, provide unforgettable experiences for everyone who visits, and encouraging visitors to return year after year.”

Building new and revitalizing existing roofed accommodations directly respond to the feedback from park visitors. In a 2021 survey, nearly one-third of Ontario Parks visitors said they would be more likely to visit in the future if more roofed accommodations were available.

Ongoing investment in Ontario Parks infrastructure is another way the government is expanding recreational opportunities for Ontario families, boosting local tourism and strengthening the protection and health of local wildlife and the environment.

Quick Facts

  • Silent Lake Provincial Park features over 19km of hiking trails and 17km of mountain biking trails, with more than 34km of groomed cross-country ski trails in the winter.
  • Since 2018, the Ontario government has invested $55.4 million to help maintain and build more facilities at provincial parks and ensure a modern and enjoyable parks experience for all visitors. 
  • Ontario has invested more than $914,630 in infrastructure improvement at Silent Lake Provincial Park since 2018.
  • Ontario Parks is the largest provider of outdoor recreational opportunities in the province, with more than 11 million visits annually.
  • Ontario’s provincial parks have provided health and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike for more than 125 years.
  • Every dollar spent at Ontario Parks, from annual passes to purchases from the online store, is re-invested into Ontario Parks, helping to create a better park experience for visitors, improve services, programs and amenities and protect more than 340 provincial parks and nearly 300 conservation reserves across the province.

Additional resources

Learn more about the facilities and activities available at Silent Lake Provincial Park https://www.ontarioparks.ca/park/silentlake

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Will Hume
Legislative Assistant
Office of MPP Laurie Scott
Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock