Work begins on new county heritage and tourism site

A historic and culturally significant landmark is an important step closer to its final home. Working to fulfil the vision of creating a historic lookout, and achieving this with First Nations and community partners, the county supports a community committee to carry out the vision and work to make the lookout site a reality.

The County of Simcoe, in collaboration with Friends of Wiidookdaadiwin, is pleased to announce that work has started to revitalize a closed landfill site located on George Johnston Road in Springwater Township. The site, now named Wiidookdaadwin, will be repurposed to serve as a regional heritage attraction with scenic vistas, including the Minesing Wetlands, historic Fort Willow, Nine Mile Portage Trail and panoramas from Collingwood to Mount St. Louis Moonstone. The site will also feature the bronze Wiidookdaadiwin icon created by world-renowned sculptor, Marlene Hilton Moore. The site will become the permanent home of the Wiidookdaadiwin icon, currently on display at the Simcoe County Museum.

The county has worked for several years with the visionaries who have collaborated on this project and who share the county’s values of preserving the natural treasures of the area and creating educational spaces dedicated to the history of our region. Partners including the County of Simcoe, The Tri Council First Nations, Springwater Township, Rotary and many other individuals and contributors, have worked collaboratively in order to help bring to life the vision of the Friends of Wiidookdaadiwin.

Work on the site will continue this fall with an anticipated completion in 2020. The project is being supported by the County of Simcoe, with significant funding from partners and donors.

To learn more about the Wiidookdaadiwin Lookout, or sponsorship and donor opportunities, visit www.wiidookdaadiwin.org.

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