The historic Bonnechere River has hosted visitors along its shores for over 5000 years. The stories and artefacts these travellers left behind are resources worthy of exploration and protection. Providing a centre for restoration, storage and education relative to these natural and cultural resources is an on-going challenge for the FBP and Park staff.

In July 2000, the FBP officially opened PHASE I of the Davenport Cultural Heritage Centre with $70 000 in seed funding provided by the Ontario Parks Capital Development Fund. Additional support was provided thanks to the generosity of contractors, suppliers, volunteers and private donors. This multi-purpose facility includes Grand Hall with room for 150 people, the Fraser Foyer which includes exhibit space, an Ontario Parks Store, office space for FBP and staff, and an exterior stage and amphitheatre. In 2001, PHASE II marked the completion of Grand Hall and the outdoor amphitheatre.

For PHASE III, the FBP hope to develop an interactive cultural wing complete with secure artifact storage areas and indoor washrooms. Hidden along the shores of the Little Bonnechere are over 90 cultural sites and thousands of natural resources. These facilities will provide a centre for discovery and protection of these valuable resources.

Wish List
Opportunities exist for corporations and foundations with an interest in natural and cultural heritage to support this development through charitable donations and gifts-in-kind in exchange for public recognition and tax receipts.

Our specific needs are:
- theatre seating and lighting system
- secure storage/file system
- sponsored interpretive exhibits

To learn more about the opening of the Davenport Cultural Heritage Centre read the Fall 2000 edition of the Circle of Friends Newsletter [fall2000.pdf 84 K].

 

FBP Director Ross Taylor, Assistant Park Superintendent Brent Fredricks, Park Superintendent Jim Fraser, and FBP Directors Laurie Fraser and Denis Gorr at the opening of the Davenport Cultural Heritage Centre in July 2000.

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