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Tourism, Culture and Recreation
March 22, 2012

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Derrick Dalley, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation:

East Coast Trail Named One of the World’s Top Adventure Destinations

Mr. Speaker, I rise in this Honourable House today to highlight the province’s well-known East Coast Trail, which has been named one of the world’s Top 12 Adventure Destinations by the National Geographic Society.

This is, in fact, the second time in two years that an area of the province has been recognized by the National Geographic Society. In 2010, the Avalon Peninsula was ranked as the world’s number one coastal destination.

This renowned society is now praising the East Coast Trail system as a “prime spot for adventure tourism, one that delivers hikers to a world of sea stacks, oceanside headlands, icebergs, and deep fjords.” We are delighted that they have discovered the trail and are helping us promote it throughout the world.

The 260-kilometre East Coast Trail system passes through more than 30 communities, and has contributed to the development and sustainability of tourism businesses along the trail. As well, use of the trail system extends beyond the peak tourism season into fall and spring hiking, and winter snowshoeing.

This accessible trail is thoroughly enjoyed by residents, as well as visitors to our province, and encourages active, healthy living.

Mr. Speaker, it is quite clear that the East Coast Trail is a provincial gem which provides both recreational and economic opportunities.

I invite you to experience our world adventure destination by hiking along our incredible East Coast Trail.

2012 03 22             1:50 p.m.

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