The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has purchased the property where the former Leslie M. Frost Natural Resource Centre stood.

“The property is an absolute gem,” said OPSEU President Warren Thomas. “From training forest rangers in the 1920s to training our members and leaders in the 2020s, this property will serve OPSEU/SEFPO’s hardworking members so that they can continue to support our province, its people and its economy.”

The sale was handled by CBRE Limited Real Estate Brokerage. “The site has 2,800 feet of shoreline frontage along St. Nora Lake which is popular for cottaging, boating and fishing,” a brochure on the brokerage’s website reads. “Formerly known as the Leslie M. Frost Natural Resource Centre, this site was initially opened as an outdoor education and training facility and has since been a destination for government staff, school groups, wildlife organizations, eco-tourism groups and corporate clients. The property is improved with 21 buildings that can accommodate more than 200 people in a mix of dorm-style rooms and cottages. The facilities include a full kitchen, dining hall and recreation centre.”

The listing on the brokerage’s website was $1,100,000, but OPSEU tells the MyHaliburtonNow.com newsroom the land was purchased for $3,200,000.

“The purchase of the Frost Centre helps us serve the growing demand we’re seeing, and support the work of our members,” said Thomas. “It’s a bright light at the end of a brutal year.”