The Municipality of the County of Inverness is growing its agriculture and tourism sectors with support from the Government of Canada. The Inverness/ Victoria Federation of Agriculture and the Inverness County Trails Federation are receiving more than $510,000 through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) to implement two community development projects. The announcement was made today in Inverness by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (ACOA).
The Inverness/ Victoria Federation of Agriculture is receiving a contribution of $298,934 that will be used to expand its farm equipment rental program. New equipment will be purchased and made available to farmers in both Inverness and Victoria Counties on an as-needed rental basis. The project will have a positive impact on the sustainability and growth of the agriculture and agri-food industry in the area.
The Inverness County Trails Federation is receiving a $211,900 contribution to support efforts to make the Inverness portion of the Trans Canada Trail a ‘Destination Trail.’ This will be done by addressing gaps identified in the market-ready trail assessment completed by the Atlantic Canada Trails initiative. The project includes developing a clear coastal destination trail brand and market strategy; a web presence with pertinent trail information; service amenities and accurate signage as well as various capital improvements to the trail.
Inverness/ Victoria Federation of Agriculture
The Inverness/Victoria Federation of Agriculture is a non-profit association that represents the interests of the agricultural community in Inverness and Victoria Counties and has been in existence for over 80 years.
- In 2011-2012, there were approximately 170 farms in Inverness and Victoria Counties producing a wide variety of products such as: blueberries; beef; bees; dairy; sheep; wool; vegetables and strawberries, to name a few.
- The Federation has been providing farm machinery rental services to its members for over 50 years. It is a well-established program that allows access to specialized farm equipment not available in this area. Many producers have come to rely on this equipment as an integral part of their business operations.
- Volunteers manage and maintain the equipment which is stored in a Federation-owned building.
- The farming equipment being purchased is additional to the equipment currently offered in the rental program, thus increasing the capacity of the agricultural sector in Inverness and Victoria counties.
Inverness County Trails Federation
The Inverness County Trails Federation works in partnership with five local community trail groups to strategically position the Inverness County Trans Canada Trail as a ‘Destination Trail’ in Atlantic Canada.
- The Inverness County Trail is a multi-use trail on an abandoned railway corridor between Port Hastings (Canso Causeway) and Inverness – a distance of 92 kilometers.
- The trail has a gravel base and is suitable for cycling, walking and cross-country skiing. The route generally follows the shoreline, offering panoramic coastal views. Where it loops inland, it is picturesque, following streams and offering views of Mabou from the east side of the harbour.
- The goal of the Inverness County Trail project is to attract more trail visitors to the western coastal region of Cape Breton Island.
“Strengthening local economies, to ensure the long-term prosperity of our communities, is a key committment of our Government. Tourism and agriculture contribute significantly to the economy of Nova Scotia but specifically, of Inverness County and of all of Cape Breton Island. We are pleased to partner with both the Inverness/Victoria Federation of Agriculture and the Inverness County Trails Federation to support their efforts to drive sustainable economic growth in the region, for the benefit of all Nova Scotians.”
- The Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (ACOA)
“The Inverness/Victoria Federation of Agriculture recognizes that a successful forest industry is essential to sustain a vibrant economy. The acquisition of essential farm equipment will foster innovation and improve forestry management practices that will help increase industry revenues and support economic growth in the region for years to come.”
- Chris van den Heuvel, President, Inverness/Victoria Federation of Agriculture
“Inverness is on the brink of significant economic renewal due largely to its focus on tourism and the development of its ‘Destination Trail’ project. The trails through Inverness County have always been a key tourism asset, with their stunning views and rich culture. Repairing and enhancing the trails infrastructure and amenities will ensure trails continue to draw visitors to the area.”
- Blaise MacEachern, Chair, NS Trails Trans Canada Trail Committee
Map of the Municipality of the County of Inverness, N.S
Ceilidh Trail, Mabou, Inverness County, N.S.
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