The building ï¿½ officially opened in August 2006 ï¿½ has received the WoodWORKS! Wood Design Small Institutional Award, an Ontario Concrete Award for architectural merit and a Canadian Architect Award of Excellence for outstanding architectural design.
The French River Visitor Centre features exhibits that tell the story of the riverï¿½s dynamic history. Recognized for demonstrating creativity and excellence in the use of wood and concrete, the building showcases remarkable design, as well as interactive displays and recovered and reproduced artifacts.
The project team included: architectural firms, Baird Sampson Neuert Architects and Philip Beesley Architect; engineering company, Blackwell Bowick Partnership Ltd. and contractors, KONA Builders Ltd.
From mid-July to Thanksgiving weekend, an estimated 40 000 people visited the centre, travelling down the French River by way of the engaging exhibits.
Check out what each award council had to say about the French River centre!
The French River Visitor Centre is closed for the season. It will re-open on Victoria Day weekend in 2007. For more information, visit www.OntarioParks.com