For visitors to Nova Scotia, scenic beauty and rich history are primary attractions. With many seaside sites boasting stories dating back hundreds of years, Nova Scotia presents an opportunity to interact with our natural and cultural heritage. Restoring, renovating and protecting these sites are crucial in aiding small communities to flourish and creating economic growth.
Through Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), the Government of Canada is providing support totaling $130,124 for projects in two South Shore seaside communities.
The Sandy Point Community Recreation Group (SPCRG) operates the Sandy Point Lighthouse Park, a site that provides scenic views of the ocean, as well as Shelburne Harbour and the Sandy Point Lighthouse. As well, Sandy Point Community Centre is used year-round for community meetings, seminars, tourism events and other activities. The Park is a critical component of Eastern Shelburne County’s tourism infrastructure.
With a $55,124 contribution from the Government of Canada through ACOA, the Sandy Point Recreation Group (SPRG) is planning to upgrade the interior and exterior portions of the Sandy Point Lighthouse Park, including renovations to the community centre, waterfront lighting and a nautical post and rope barrier along the popular boardwalk. These enhancements will result in an improved visitor experience, heightened visitor safety as well as long-term sustainability for one of the most admired lighthouses in the area.
The Municipality of the District of Shelburne ($10,000), and the Town of Shelburne ($4,500) have also contributed toward this project.
As well, with a $75,000 contribution from the Government of Canada through ACOA, the Municipality of the District of Barrington will construct a seaside park and tourism rest stop overlooking North East Point Beach and the Cape Sable Island Causeway. Specifically, this project will include in-filling, landscaping, the construction of a boardwalk and coastal look-off and the installation of waterfront lighting and electrical services. Quick Facts:
- Sandy Point Lighthouse is one of the few along the lighthouse route in Southwestern Nova Scotia that is accessible by foot but only at low tide.
- Lighthouse keepers were no longer needed when everything in the lighthouse became automatic, however, the light still shines and can be seen for 17 kilometers.
- The new seaside park project for the Municipality of the District of Barrington will benefit from the recent development of a multi-use trail head which can be accessed near the park grounds. The trail runs through the community of Barrington and continues westward into Yarmouth County.
- A strong “marine theme” runs through the local economy of the Municipality of the District of Barrington. The Municipality is known as the “Lobster Capital of Canada.”
“Our Government continues to support economic growth in communities across Canada. Maintaining quality community tourism attractions is one way of doing just that. Nova Scotia’s unique tourism destinations offer residents and visitors alike opportunities for family-friendly exploration. Our Government is pleased to support the upgrades to Sandy Point Lighthouse Park, and to assist the Municipality of the District of Barrington with the construction of a seaside park and tourism rest stop overlooking the North East Point Beach and the Cape Sable Island Causeway.” - Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for ACOA and Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret’s, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (ACOA)
“The upgrades to Sandy Point Recreation Centre will increase the variety of activities and events held here throughout the year, and will help to attract visitors. This is a great community project that supports growth in the area's economy.” - Bernice Goodick, President, Sandy Point Recreation Community Recreation Group
“The Municipality of the District of Shelburne recognizes and supports the important role that the Sandy Point Lighthouse plays as a tourism destination in our area. This investment will not only support tourism in the area, it will help to support the growth of our community and businesses for years to come.” - Roger Taylor, Warden, Municipality of the District of Shelburne
“The Municipality of the District of Barrington knows the importance of investing in local tourism. These upgrades will help us do just that. This project is a stepping stone to further developing and strengthening our community.” - Eddie Nickerson, Warden, Municipality of the District of Barrington Associated Links:
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