New accessible yurts available at Charleston Lake Provincial Park this summer

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New infrastructure is coming to Charleston Lake Provincial Park, which aims to increase opportunities for overnight camping experiences, improve the visitor experience at the park and boost local tourism.

A media release explains that the provincial government has invested over $389,000 to fund accessible yurts in the park. The three new roofed accommodations are expected to be available to book for the summer on May 31 of this year.

“Our region boasts some of the most beautiful natural areas in Ontario, including Charleston Lake Provincial Park,” stated Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes in a media release. “I’m pleased our government is making this investment to enhance overnight camping experiences at Charleston Lake. It will provide more families with the opportunity to visit, explore, and experience the wonder of connecting with nature.”

Andrea Khanjin, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, noted that Ontario Parks receive more than 11 million annual visits.

“By making these investments today, we are improving the overall experience at Ontario Parks, providing unforgettable experiences for everyone who visits, and encouraging visitors to return year after year,” she added.

Building new and revitalizing existing roofed accommodations directly responds to 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.

Charleston Lake Provincial Park offers visitors activities such as, biking, birding, boating, fishing, swimming, and hiking with a trail that includes a vantage point from the highest peak in the county.

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