Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
July 4, 2017

Popular Eastport Peninsula Tourism Infrastructure Benefits from Government Investments

Recognizing the value of a high-quality, diverse and professional tourism mix to a strong economy and job creation, the governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Canada are investing in the TerraNovas Tourism Association’s initiative to upgrade and enhance hiking trails on the Road to the Beaches.

Colin Holloway, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation and MHA for Terra Nova, announced a provincial investment of $120,219 for the project, while the Honourable Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced a federal investment of $342,109.

The TerraNovas Tourism Association will implement a partnership between the tourism industry, municipalities and area stakeholders to undertake major upgrades to existing hiking trails, to link the trails together and to link or incorporate the trails with bordering communities along the Road to the Beaches to produce a top-quality trail network in the region.

Specific components of this project include: upgrading, enhancing and expanding the Salvage trails to link them to historical, architectural and coastal experiences available; upgrading and re-routing the 'Old Trail' between Salvage and Sandy Cove to take full advantage of available scenic vistas at Newman's Sound and make linkages to the story of resettlement; improving the trail between Sandy Cove and Happy Adventure to link it to a traditional fishing setting in Happy Adventure; and, redevelopment of Eastport's High Tide Trail to link the community's two sandy beaches and popular family experiences.

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“As outlined in The Way Forward, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is working towards improving outcomes to promote a healthy and prosperous province. This investment to upgrade hiking trails to further enhance the linkage network on the Eastport peninsula continues to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to maximize the economic benefits that tourism can bring to our province.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

"I am pleased to see these investments for the TerraNovas Tourism Association being made to improve and link existing hiking trails on the Eastport Peninsula. Tourism is an important sector in building a vibrant economy and promoting healthy life-style benefits for the residents and visitors to the Terra Nova District. This project is an excellent example of what is possible through meaningful collaboration within our strong federal-provincial partnership."
Colin Holloway
MHA for Terra Nova

“The Government of Canada is committed to making strategic investments in key pieces of community infrastructure that support growth industries such as tourism as well as the diversification of our communities. We believe that public investment in projects like the one announced today is needed to increase economic development capacity in rural areas, strengthen the middle class, and generate broad-based prosperity.”
Honourable Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“The Eastport Peninsula, one of the most beautiful areas of our province, has become a popular tourist destination with its picturesque communities, sandy beaches and amazing natural surroundings. The Government of Canada is pleased to support the TerraNovas Tourism Association and invest in the enhancement of key community assets that are playing an important role in fostering tourism growth and economic opportunities in Central Newfoundland, as well as providing high quality experiences for residents and tourists alike.”
Honourable Judy Foote
Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity

“The rejuvenation of the historic and sometimes breath-takingly beautiful trails on the Eastport Peninsula, made possible by the funding announced today, has the potential of making the trail network a destination for hikers of all ability levels and interests. The TerraNovas Tourism Association, in collaboration with local municipalities and Terra Nova National Park, looks forward to enhancing the reputation of this beautiful region of our province.”
Wayne HallettMbr /> Chairperson, TerraNovas Tourism Association

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Media contacts
Eric Humber
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
709-729-4819, 725-9655
erichumber@gov.nl.ca

Paul McGrath
ACOA NL
709-772-2984
paul.mcgrath@canada.ca

Wayne Hallett
Chairperson
TerraNovas Tourism Association
709-677-2104

2017 07 04                              2:15 p.m.