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Minister MacKay Celebrates Grand Opening of Rowing Facility on Lochaber Lake

National-level rowing facility and community centre to strengthen and diversify local economy

June 28, 2014 - Lochaber, NS

Today, the Lochaber Centre, a community space and elite rowing facility, was the focal point of activity in this Antigonish County community.  A ceremony to mark the official opening of the facility was attended by local dignitaries, rowers, community representatives and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

In 2012, the Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, made an investment of $506,600 in the Lochaber Community Development Association. The Lochaber Centre will enable the community to host a variety of events, from strawberry festivals to international rowing regattas.  

This project was made possible through the combined efforts of all levels of government and the community.  The dedicated residents of Lochaber raised more than $300,000 for this facility, which will help to diversify the local economy by attracting athletes from around the world.

The Lochaber Centre will play host to its first major event since construction from July 6-12. The 2014 CanAmMex Regatta will bring together junior competitors from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Quick Facts:

  • The Lochaber Centre includes office and meeting space, change areas, boat storage and overlooks a two-kilometer, six-lane race course.  Lochaber Lake is home to the Antigonish Rowing Club and the StFX Rowing Club.
  • The Lochaber Centre replaces Sylvan Hall, which was the hub of the community for over 90 years.
  • The project received an investment of $370,000 from the Government of Nova Scotia and a $75,000 investment from the Municipality of the County of Antigonish.


“Lochaber Centre’s natural racing venue is a reality because the local community recognized an opportunity and pulled together to make it happen.  Our Government is please to support projects that create opportunities for communities to grow and prosper.”

 -       The Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Canada

“Whether it’s attracting national and international caliber events, or simply providing a place for the community to come together to be active and have fun, this facility will be a focal point for the people of Lochaber for decades to come.  The Government of Nova Scotia is pleased to be a partner in this project, and offers congratulations to all who worked so hard to make the Lochaber Centre a reality.”

 -       Randy Delorey, Nova Scotia Minister of Environment

“This beautiful new facility comes as the result of a community with vision and the drive to make it happen.  In addition to being a gathering point in the community, Lochaber Centre will soon bring competitors and rowing enthusiasm from all over the world to Antigonish County.  The Association and all residents should be proud of what they’ve accomplished.” –

 -       Russell Boucher, Warden, Municipality of the County of Antigonish

"The community is excited about the opportunity this new facility presents. It is a vital piece of infrastructure for our residents, and we are very pleased with the reception our project has received from our funding partners. Our community stepped up, and the government responded. We are understandably optimistic for the future of this community."

-       Brendan Brothers, President, Lochaber Community Development Association

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Kelsie Corey
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Paul Moore
Acting Communications Manager
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902-426-3470 / 902-222-3360 (cell)

Lori Errington
Government of Nova Scotia

Tammy Feltmate
Director of Environmental, Safety and Community Affairs
Municipality of the County of Antigonish

Brendan Brothers
Lochaber Community Development Association