New attraction to open in 2009
To be built 20 minutes from the city’s core, Canada’s largest water amusement park is expected to send huge economic and tourism ripples washing into Ottawa.
A $50-million water amusement park slated to open in Limoges, just outside of Ottawa, is expected to rake $750 million into the region in its first decade of operation after it opens in summer 2009, officials announced at Chateau Laurier yesterday.
Before deciding on the Ottawa area, Valcartier Village Vacations president and chief executive officer Guy Drouin also considered Gatineau, west Ottawa and Rockland for the location of the new, 450-acre SunnyLand Amusement Resort.
The location was partially chosen for its proximity to Highway 417, Drouin said, and he anticipates a “big economic impact for Ottawa,” adding that the park will only add to Ottawa’s list of tourist attractions.
“A lot of people come to see the museums,” he said. “But families that come with kids also want to have some fun.”
While Ottawa-Gatineau residents will be the park’s primary market, it will also draw from Montreal and tourists from outside the area. Because of that, city hotels will benefit, he said.
“All the hotels will have people for one more night when people stay for the park.”
The opening of the park means 550 jobs in the region and is expected to host 300,000 people in the first year. It will be open between June and August.