News release

Government Invests In Tidal Bore Tourism at South Maitland

TOURISM/CULTURE--Government Invests In Tidal Bore Tourism at South Maitland


A popular spot for residents and tourists in eastern Hants County will be able to accommodate more visitors more safely, with help from provincial funding.

The South Maitland Historical Association will build a new observation and interpretive platform at the intersection of routes 215 and 236 to provide an improved view of the tidal bore coming up the Shubenacadie River.

"We are working to develop products and experiences along the Bay of Fundy," said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism and Culture. "This project will provide safer viewing of the tidal bore in an area already popular with residents and visitors."

The province has provided $80,000 for the half-million-dollar project, which also includes a walking trail and interpretive signage.

"The province has been working with us since 1999," said Walter Collins, president of the South Maitland Historical Association. "The goal is to develop this area so that visitors can enjoy the natural attractions found in and around this part of the Shubenacadie River."

The South Maitland Historical Association and the federal government are also providing funding for the project.

The Department of Tourism and Culture provides support to tourism projects across the province. Over the last year, the Tourism Development Investment Fund has invested more than $541,000 in 43 projects throughout Nova Scotia.

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The Nova Scotia Government is contributing 80-thousand dollars to help provide an improved view of the tidal bore coming up the Shubenacadie River.

The South Maitland Historical Association will build a new observation and interpretive platform at the intersection of routes 215 and 236 in eastern Hants County.

The half-million-dollar project also includes a walking trail and interpretive signs.

The South Maitland Historical Association and the federal government are also providing funding for the project.

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Contact:

Tom Peck
Tourism and Culture 902-424-1593 E-mail:
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