Agencies and Attractions

This ministry oversees the activities and accountabilities of attractions and agencies that promote tourism, economic growth and job creation and offer a wide range of educational, recreational, cultural and entertainment programs. It directly operates two tourism attractions:

Fort William Historical Park

Fort William Historical Park

Fort William Historical Park in Thunder Bay recreates the days of the North West Company and the fur trade in one of the largest living history sites. It has been voted one of the Top Ten Attractions in Canada.

Visitors enjoy a rich tapestry of fur trading life, from culture to crafts, medicine to business, domestic life to heritage farming through a choice of overnight experiences, education programs, artisan workshops, conferences, banquets, festivals, camping, boating, concerts, and more.

Discovery Harbour

Huronia Historical Parks

Discovery Harbour on Penetanguishene Bay traces its roots and location back to the original Penetanguishene British naval and military base built as a result of the War of 1812 to safeguard access to Upper Canada. Popular events include Pirates of the Bay and Pumpkinferno at Haunted Harbour.

Huronia Historical Parks

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland was the 17th century headquarters for the French Jesuit mission to the Huron Wendat First Nation and Ontario's first European community. It has 25 reconstructed buildings, school programs, restaurant and award-winning festivals and events such as First Light and the Bagattaway Lacrosse Festival.

More of the ministry's attractions and service agencies

			Gallery of Ontario

The Art Gallery of Ontario* cultivates and advances the visual arts. It offers education, art programs, exhibits and displays.

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg displays many of the Group of Seven works of art.

			Toronto Convention Centre

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's largest convention centre and is located in the core of Canada's largest metropolis.

Niagara Falls

The Niagara Parks Commission is the park system preserving and programming the natural heritage and cultural landscape (including the famed Niagara Falls) along the 56-kilometre Niagara Parkway from Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Ontario Place

Ontario Place Corporation, Toronto's waterfront family entertainment playground, is set in a park complex on the shores of Lake Ontario.

			Science Centre

The Ontario Science Centre uses science as the lens to inspire and engage people in new ways of seeing, understanding and thinking about themselves and the world. It is also a leading developer of interactive exhibitions for science centres around the world.

			Convention Centre

The Ottawa Convention Centre is the key convention facility in Canada's capital.

Ontario Heritage Trust

The Ontario Heritage Trust is responsible for the identification, protection, renewal and promotion of all types of Ontario heritage — built, cultural and natural and is the Government of Ontario's trustee for properties of provincial heritage interest. Among its many programs and activities, it provides public access to many of its properties and participates in the very popular Doors Open program.

			Botanical Gardens

The Royal Botanical Gardens* is recognized worldwide for its unique contribution to the collection, research, exhibition and interpretation of the plant world and for developing public understanding of nature.

			Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum showcases art, archaeology and science. It is the largest museum in Canada to explore the natural world and humankind's cultural past.


St. Lawrence Parks Commission includes Upper Canada Village, Fort Henry and a series of recreational facilities and parks spread along 280 kilometres of the St. Lawrence River.

Science North

Science North educates the public about the origins, development and progress of science and technology and their relationship to society. It features exhibits, a model mine, museum and IMAX theatre.

Ontario Arts Council

The Ontario Arts Council provides funding to support artists and arts organizations, ensures access to the arts, and recognizes artists and their accomplishments.


The Ontario Library Service-North* delivers programs and services to Northern Ontario. It increases cooperation and coordination among public library boards and information providers, and also offers consulting, training and development services.

Ontario Media Development Corporation

The Ontario Media Development Corporation supports cultural industries including book publishing, music, film, interactive digital media and television.

Destination Ontario

The Destination Ontario works with tourism partners to develop integrated, research-driven marketing programs that establish Ontario as a premier, four-season destination and has a consumer travel website

Ontario Trillium Foundation

The Ontario Trillium Foundation makes strategic investments to build healthy, sustainable and caring communities. It reaches out to new sectors in the community to support the important role that arts, culture, recreation, sports, the environment and social services play in the creation of vibrant communities.


The Southern Ontario Library Services* delivers programs and services to Southern Ontario, excluding Metropolitan Toronto, by increasing co-operation and co-ordination among public library boards and information providers. The organization also provides consulting, training and development services.

* While the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Ontario Library Service – North, and Southern Ontario Library Services receive transfer payments from the province, they are not provincial agencies. These entities have at least one provincially appointed representative on their governing boards, but they are not bound by the financial and administrative requirements for agencies set by the provincial government.