KAWARTHA LAKES-Kawartha Settlers Village in Bobcaygeon is expanding and building a new Visitor Centre.
Officials say the new building will serve as a welcome centre, where visitors can receive a full orientation of the Village upon arrival. It will also house offices for staff and room for special exhibits, freeing up the historic Boyd Shanty.
The Boyd Shanty will be revamped and reserved as a historical resource centre. A place where special books, documents and photographs can be properly stored and displayed, which until now, hasn’t been possible in an ‘open to public’ setting.
“The plans for the new Visitor Centre will produce a building that is complementary to the existing buildings, with modern amenities for staff and visitors. Local contractors and professionals will be utilized for all of the services on the building. Construction is to commence as soon as weather permits. Normal operations and events will proceed during the construction period.” said a press release from the village.
A project committee has been designated and plans for fundraising endeavours are currently in the works. A bequest from the Elizabeth Weir estate kickstarted the project with an additional sum of $50,000 to be raised through fundraising endeavours and sponsorship.
Should you wish to support the new Visitor Centre, please visit https://www.settlersvillage.org/join-and-support to make an online donation.