From left are Minister Gary Goodyear, Judy Bobka, chair of Cooper Marsh Conservators, Agnes Cooper, widow of the late William Cooper and founders of the Cooper Marsh project and MP Guy Lauzon.
CORNWALL, Ontario – The minister of state for the federal economic development agency for south Ontario said Monday a key wetland is also an important drawing card on the tourism front.
Gary Goodyear toured Cooper Marsh in Lancaster with local MP Guy Lauzon to view some of the improvements added to the man-made marsh east of Cornwall near Lancaster.
In an interview with Seaway News Goodyear said the improvements will strengthen local economic ties.
"Cooper Marsh is an important attraction to the area," Goodyear said. "And the tourism industry is a good economic driver. We'll see families and friends getting together, but there will also be folks coming from other areas.
"And they're very likely to stop and have lunch and do some shopping here."
Federal government funding of about $125,000 helped to rebuild widen, and lengthen boardwalks and build new viewing platforms throughout the marshlands was provided to the $290,000 project.
"I was up on one of the viewing platforms and it's just a beautiful view," said Goodyear.
The boardwalk was in a sorry state before the project, with boards missing or in need of replacement because of disrepair.
The improvements to Cooper Marsh are expected to increase the number of bird-watchers and naturalists, which in turn will support the local economy, said Lauzon.
New boardwalks have been tailored for visitors with accessibility needs, making it safer and more accessible.