The Government of Canada is providing the Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Centre with $950,000 for expansion of their facilities, according to an announcement from Marco Mendicino, parliamentary secretary to the minister of Infrastructure and Communities and MP for Eglinton-Lawrence, in Gravenhurst on April 24.
Mendicino made the announcement on behalf of Pablo Rodriguez, minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism. The funding, provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, will support the expansion of the Muskoka Discovery Centre and the creation of a new permanent Steam Era exhibit. The exhibit space will also double as a boathouse and in-water slip for one of the museum’s primary artifacts, the yacht Wanda III.
“This support is an important milestone for the Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Centre and for the region’s cultural scene,” Mendicino said. “By investing in the museum’s expansion, our government is supporting a unique part of Muskoka’s colourful heritage.”
The expanded museum will allow more visitors to discover the region’s history and develop a stronger connection with the area’s steam era heritage, according to the announcement.
“The funding from Canadian Heritage has energized our project and will be the catalyst for making the Steam Era Exhibit a reality,” said John Miller, president of the Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Centre. “This contribution will allow us to preserve a one-of-a-kind artifact and create a new state-of-the-art exhibit to continue our celebration and promotion of the culture and heritage of Canada’s Muskoka District.”