The Ontario Government is committing up to $191,000 to the East Parry Sound area for tourism.

The money will go to the development of existing businesses in the Burk’s Falls area.

The government has earmarked $144,000 to help launch a business called Missing Link Adventure Tours and Santosha Farms. The all-season company would service the athletic tourist, with packages that offer cycling and cross-country skiing retreats tied into the farm’s agri-food business.

The money invested will go towards building a multi-use facility and guest accommodations.

Another $46,890 is going to the Village of Burk’s Falls to support the Almaguin Regional Economic Development plan. According to a press release, this money will be used to help better align the municipalities within the area when it comes to economic development and promotional efforts.

“Ontario is pleased to invest in Missing Link Adventure Tours, which will help attract visitors to our region,” said MPP Norman Miller. “We commend the Village of Burk’s Falls for working with other Almaguin Highlands municipalities to achieve common goals that benefit the local economy.”

The money is coming through the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. It’s Minister, Greg Rickford, says, “We are pleased to help launch a new business in the Burk’s Falls area and help area municipalities work on new economic development opportunities.”

“We thank the province for helping us launch our new business,” said Robert Edmonstone, Co-owner of MLAT and Santosha Farm. “Experiential tourism, including cycling retreats, has seen a significant increase in demand. We are confident that visitors will enjoy the recreational, culinary and cultural experiences we offer, during their stay in our beautiful region.”