Le Lézard
Classified in: Transportation, Sports and recreation
Subjects: NTA, CPG, CFG

Halifax to benefit from safe access to Georges Island, offering new visitor experiences


HALIFAX, Aug. 9, 2019 /CNW/ - Investing in recreational infrastructure helps communities come together and stay active. The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia recognize that strategic investments in recreational infrastructure play a key role in supporting dynamic communities while creating good jobs that help grow the middle class.

Today, Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, and Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development; and the Honourable Kelly Regan, Minister of Community Services, announced over $2.07 million in joint funding for the construction of a permanent timber pile wharf on George's Island in Halifax Harbour.

The new wharf (approximately 150' x 20') will provide safe and regular access to the island and include floating docks on each side to support safe public access by tour boats, water taxis, and recreational boats. The project aims to ensure safe access to the island, creating a historical and cultural attraction and enhancing Halifax Harbour for residents and visitors.

The Government of Canada is also investing $1.6 million in Georges Island National Historic Site to support new visitor experiences that will enable Canadians to discover and connect with history. Parks Canada will continue to work with the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia, Acadians, and key stakeholders as visitor experience opportunities are developed to ensure the stories told on the island represent the important and layered history associated with this local landmark.  

Quotes

"These projects will truly connect this important national historic site to the Halifax waterfront experience. As a result, Georges Island will become a compelling part of Halifax, where Haligonians and visitors alike can learn about its historical and cultural significance to the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia, Acadians, and all Nova Scotians."

Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, and Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development 

"Georges Island has ancient connections for the Mi'kmaq and looms large in the history of Halifax as a key to the defence of the harbour. The island is also recognized as an important place for Acadians for its role in the Grand Dérangement as a detention point during the deportation of the Acadians. By investing in new infrastructure and visitor experiences at Georges Island National Historic Site, we can open up new opportunities for people in and around Halifax to learn about the island's important history, while visiting this iconic part of the city's waterfront." 

The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada

"Georges Island is iconic in Nova Scotia. Making sure we have sustainable access to places like this is key to sharing our history and enhancing visitor experiences. Today's investment helps to ensure more people visit Nova Scotia and enjoy all we have to offer ? which, in turn, means our important tourism sector continues to grow."

The Honourable Kelly Regan, Minister of Community Services

"Today's announcement is an important commitment to enhance authentic sustainable places in Nova Scotia for people. This project provides access to extensive history, offers new experiences for our community and visitors, and create new business opportunities. We think it's the kind of project that contributes to making Nova Scotia attractive to people and investment."

Jennifer Angel, President and CEO, Develop Nova Scotia 

Quick facts

Associated links

Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan:
http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html

Investing in Canada Plan Project Map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map

Federal infrastructure investments in Nova Scotia: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/ns-eng.html

Atlantic Growth Strategy: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/ags-sca/Eng/atlantic-growth.html

Nova Scotia Tourism Revitalization of Icons Program: https://tourismns.ca/programs/tourism-revitalization-icons-program

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
Web: Infrastructure Canada

SOURCE Infrastructure Canada


These press releases may also interest you

20 sep 2019
RedLine Athletics is proud to announce the opening of its newest facility in Keller, Texas. The Grand Opening Celebration will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, and will feature opportunities to meet the trainers, free merchandise giveaways, and a...

20 sep 2019
WHO: Merritt Pember, M.D., Direct Orthopedic Care (DOC) Surgeon and Veteran U.S. Army Major (Operation Iraqi Freedom)  Major Dan Rooney, Founder, Folds of Honor WHAT: Run for the Flag Race WHEN: Saturday, November 2, 2019 9 a.m. to 12 noon CT WHERE:...

20 sep 2019
The "Seam Tapes - Global Market Outlook (2017-2026)" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. Global Seam Tapes market accounted for $180.2 million in 2017 and is expected to reach $368.4 million by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 8.3%...

20 sep 2019
TransPerfect, the world's largest provider of language and technology solutions for global business, today announced the opening of the second leg of the TransPerfect 4x4 Desert Crossing Project, a global series of desert-crossing runs that will...

20 sep 2019
Blink Fitness, the premium quality, affordable fitness brand is excited to announce the grand opening of its 11th Bronx location, in Bedford Park. Blink Fitness will open its doors to the much-anticipated location at 3000 Jerome Ave. on Friday,...

20 sep 2019
REMINDER ? WEEKEND SCHEDULE Saturday, September 21, 2019 8:00 a.m. Sports Experts 5K Start Corner Maisonneuve & Saint-Laurent 8:30 10K Start Corner Maisonneuve & Saint-Laurent 10:35 Start of 1K P'tit Marathon Tel-jeunes, with actor Sarah-Jeanne...



News published on 9 august 2019 at 11:45 and distributed by: