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An Educational Experience
with a View

Killbear Provincial Park Visitor Center
Nobel, Ontario, Canada

“The creation of the park’s new visitor center has managed to bring to life the essence of the park’s ecology and history, packed into a facility that leads by example with its sustainability and blending within its surroundings.”

Recreation Management

With dramatic views of Georgian Bay along the Great Lakes Heritage Coast in northern Ontario, this visitor center fits within the rugged landscape in a way that celebrates and respects the natural environment.

HOK’s design creates a facility strongly connected to its site in form and organization, enhancing the visitor experience by introducing natural light and carefully orchestrating the views. Glazing along the east and west facades is minimal, with windows strategically placed to create view connections between exhibits and the natural landscape.

Like the landscape below, the building evokes movement. Twisting volumes characterize an overall massing shaped by forces of the landscape. For example, a large vertical shift inside the building mirrors characteristics found in the site’s geomorphology. As if pushed by the Georgian Bay winds, the east and west elevations lean away from the water’s edge.

Sustainable design strategies include using the nearby Georgian Bay waters as a heating and cooling source, using stormwater runoff to maintain wetlands of indigenous plant species and specifying recycled and recyclable building materials. Designers strategically placed access roadways, parking and landscaping to preserve existing trees and vegetation.


12,000 sq. ft. / 1,115 sq. m.


Exhibition Design
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Master Planning


Architects’ Association of Prince Edward Island – PEI’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence in Architecture

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation – CUI Brownie Awards

Canadian Solar Industries Association – Solar PV Project of the Year

The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design – International Architectural Award

European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design – Design Award