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A proposed trail linking natural and historical sites from Nova
Scotia to Massachusetts would boost the growing eco-tourism
sector, said Nova Scotia Environment Minister Wayne Adams.

"The Gulf of Maine Coastway would be a magnet for those who want
to see some of the most spectacular ecosystems on the continent,"
said Mr. Adams, who recently returned from a meeting of the Gulf
of Maine Council for the Marine Environment.

The minister said the Gulf of Maine Coastway would use the
existing highway and ferry systems in the Maritimes and New
England to attract more eco-tourists to the natural wonders of
the region.

"The Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy are ringed by a
well-established network of national and provincial parks that
are natural magnets for eco-tourism," said Mr. Adams. "The trail
would help improve the tourism economy and enhance awareness of
the environment.

"The drive from Cape Sable to Cape Cod is one of the most
beautiful in North America. I think it is a great way of
tightening the already close bonds between Maritimers and New

The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment has endorsed
the idea and now the respective governments are working to
explore ways of promoting the coastway as a destination.

The council was established in 1989 by the governments of Nova
Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts to
foster co-operative actions within the Gulf watershed. Its
mission is to maintain and enhance environmental quality in the
Gulf of Maine to allow for sustainable resource use by existing
and future generations.


Contact: Paul McEachern
         Department of the Environment

trp                    June 19, 1997 - 12 p.m.