Government of Canada

03/08/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/08/2019 10:49

Growing Geotourism on NL’s Bonavista Peninsula

'The Government of Canada understands that tourism is an important industry in Atlantic Canada that offers a tremendous opportunity for further economic growth. We are committed to investing in smart initiatives like this one with DAGI that are creating new and innovative tourism experiences in the region, fostering sustainable economic development and strengthening and diversifying communities.'

- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

'The Bonavista Peninsula's unique culture, beautiful landscape and wonderful historical attractions make it one of the province's top tourist destinations. The region also boasts amazing geological features and earth history that provide more opportunities for tourism growth and economic development. That is why we are pleased to help DAGI develop the region's geotourism assets and create a quality experiential tourism product with an international appeal, which will draw more visitors to the Bonavista Peninsula and give residents a sense of pride over their geological heritage.'

- Churence Rogers, Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity

'Support from our government into Discovery Aspiring Geopark will further help strengthen its quest to become a UNESCO Global Geopark. This investment will assist in solidifying this designation, and help raise the area's geological significance on the world stage, while advancing the province's geotourism industry. Discovery Aspiring Geopark is a great compliment to the many high quality tourism offerings on the Bonavista Peninsula, providing another layer of activity that may be of interest to visitors attracted by arts, culture and nature-based tourism experiences.'

- The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

'The rich cultural history of the Bonavista Peninsula is well known. What is less well known is the rich geology of our region. The funding announced today work towards establishing and highlighting world-class geological sites for the benefit of both residents and visitors. I look forward to continuing to support Discovery Aspiring Geopark Inc. as they continue to grow and works towards becoming a UNESCO Geopark.'

- Neil King, MHA for Bonavista

'As a candidate for UNESCO Global Geopark designation, ACOA and TCII's support will allow us to promote the region's geological heritage on a global platform, while enhancing regional sustainable economic development. By working together, this funding will help us to strengthen regional partnerships to highlight the pillars of a UNESCO Global Geopark. This support will also allow us to expand visitor and tourism experiences by increasing branded interpretation at geosites and creating marketing and promotional materials.'

- John Norman, Chair, Discovery Aspiring Geopark Inc.

  • The Government of Canada is investing $386,750 in this project through ACOA's Innovative Communities Fund (ICF). The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is contributing $148,750 towards this project.

  • In 2017, the Government of Canada, through ACOA, also provided DAGI with a non-repayable contribution of $104,412 to develop the first five geosites in support of its UNESCO Global Geopark application. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador contributed $95,118 towards the project.

  • UNESCO will announce its decision on DAGI's application in April 2020.

  • DAGI is a provincial not-for-profit organization representing many organizations and communities, including incorporated municipalities, individuals, support agencies and experts across several disciplines. The grassroots organization supports a collaborative and inclusive approach to encouraging responsible management and empowering communities on the Bonavista Peninsula.

  • UNESCO Global Geoparks are geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.

  • The Innovative Communities Fund focuses on investments that lead to long-term employment and economic capacity building in Atlantic Canadian communities.

  • Eligible recipients include non-commercial/not-for-profit organizations such as local development associations, municipalities and their agencies, business or technology institutes, industry/sector associations, economic development associations, local co-operatives, universities and educational institutions.

Eric Humber
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
709-729-4819, 709-725-9655
[email protected]