SHEET HARBOUR – Federal funding will help unlock the tourism potential of the Eastern Shore’s 100 Wild Islands area. The $261,000 in ACOA funding, announced by Central Nova MP Sean Fraser, will help Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores Nova Scotia Association (DEANS) conduct research on the history, places and culture of the 100 Wild Islands area, a unique gathering of islands that has remained virtually untouched for 10,000 years. It provides one large ecosystem and encompasses a mosaic of every coastal habitat found in Nova Scotia.
The project will facilitate the development of sustainable experiential tourism products, and include workshops to create service offerings in communities between Musquodoboit Harbour and Sherbrooke, as well as the development of a branding framework for the Eastern Shore.
Other funding partners include the Government of Nova Scotia with a contribution of $40,500 and the Halifax Regional Municipality with a contribution of $37,200.
Additional support for the project comes from the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, DEANS, the Sheet Harbour Chamber of Commerce and the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s. The Nova Scotia Nature Trust, an association dedicated to the protection of Nova Scotia’s natural habitats and native species, is the primary leader and advocate for conservation efforts in the 100 Wild Islands area.
“The Eastern Shore and Northumberland Shores are known for their cohesive communities and engaged citizens. The incredible interest and enthusiasm that this project has generated from its many partners and these communities bodes well for its success,” said Fraser in making the announcement.
“The province is pleased to support Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores to help bring improved tourism focus to the fascinating 100 Wild Islands area along our shore,” said Lloyd Hines, MLA for Guysborough -Eastern Shore - Tracadie. “This support will help ensure that this pristine area of coastal beauty can be well promoted to the world as a renowned nature-tourism destination.”
“I am pleased to support the great work of the community as we move collaboratively towards a new chapter of tourism for the entire Eastern Shore region.”
Kevin Murphy, Speaker Nova Scotia House of Assembly and Member of Legislative Assembly for Eastern Shore, called the news “a new chapter of tourism for the entire Eastern Shore region.”