We don’t mean to brag but…

Our new visitor centre at French River Provincial Park has received three different design awards!

The building officially opened in August 2006 and has received the WoodWORKS! Wood Design Small Institutional Award, an Ontario Concrete Award for architectural merit and a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence for outstanding architectural design.

concrete FR 1It’s the second Ontario Parks visitor centre to receive a WoodWORKS! award. The Lake Superior Provincial Park Visitor Centre received a Jury’s Choice award in 2004.

The French River Visitor Centre features exhibits that tell the story of the river’s dynamic history. Recognized for demonstrating creativity and excellence in the use of wood and concrete, the building showcases remarkable design, as well as interactive displays and recovered and reproduced artifacts.canoe FR 1

The project team included: architectural firms, Baird Sampson Neuert Architects and Philip Beesley Architect; engineering company, Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd. and contractors, KONA Builders Ltd.

From mid-July to Thanksgiving weekend, an estimated 40 000 people visited the centre, travelling down the French River by way of the engaging exhibits.

Check out what each award council had to say about the French River centre!
Canadian Architect

Ontario WoodWORKS! Awards

2005 Ontario Concrete Awards

The French River Visitor Centre is closed for the season. It will re-open on Victoria Day weekend in 2007. For more information, visit www.OntarioParks.com
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2 thoughts on “We don’t mean to brag but…”

  1. Hi, new visitor centre looks great though I haven’t been yet. Was there when it and the pedestrian bridge were still under construction. Can’t wait to use both this coming summer ’07. Hope you’ve kept up all the past trails around there and I assume you’ve made some new one(s) on other side of pedestrian bridge. Have you enlarged the parking lot to accomodate all the increased visitors and vehicles? The old one was small then and barely sufficient. And what’s really needed is a better entrance/exit at hwy. 69 in and out of the rest stop parking lot. Being so close to the hwy. vehicle bridge you really take your life in your hands getting back onto 69 from the rest stop. There must be a bigger, wider, safer entrance/exit that can be constructed.

  2. We visited the new centre this past aug. ’06, as well as july. ’04. The centre looks great. The new entrance off of 69 is much safer. The kids loved the “under water” view inside the centre. While walking on the glass, I told the kids they had to wait, only one person could stand on it a time, or it would break, and they’d fall in the water. We had fun with it, waited till the kids were on it, than Daddy and I both stepped back on it. Their reaction was pretty good, that moment of scared, then the realization kicked in. We got some awesome pics from the new bridge. I can happily say we all loved the new visitor centre. Well worth the stop! đŸ™‚

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