Public Health Agency of Canada

08/05/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/05/2021 09:47

Boosting visitor experiences on the Bonavista Peninsula

Atlantic Canada's tourism industry is vital to the region's economy and supports thousands of local jobs and businesses. That is why the Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador are investing in two non-profit organizations on the Bonavista Peninsula, to improve visitor activities in the area.

'Before the pandemic, Atlantic Canada's beautiful landscapes, delicious food and rich cultural experiences attracted millions of visitors each year, creating good local jobs and a strong economy. By enhancing visitor experiences on the Bonavista Peninsula, we are creating new opportunities for communities, businesses and tourism operators. Through our plan for a swift recovery, and by supporting initiatives like these, we are preparing for economic growth and success.'

- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

'The Bonavista Peninsula has a lot to be proud of, and has grown into a popular tourist destination. With the Government of Canada's support, the Bonavista Historic Townscape Foundation and the Bonavista - Trinity Regional Chamber of Commerce are keeping the momentum going and creating more activities to continue building on the accomplishments of the region.'

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

'Collaboration by many industry partners in this area of the province has resulted in the ongoing implementation of economic development initiatives, often linked to culture, heritage, geology and the natural environment. We look forward to the results of these projects, which aim to support further growth in the region.'

- The Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology

'Bridge House will indeed add to the tourism infrastructure and generate new economic activity for the Bonavista Peninsula, but its restoration is also important for other reasons. This iconic structure, built over 200 years ago, represents a transformational period in Newfoundland's history when the bulk of English and Irish immigration occurred, creating a large pool of permanent settlers. Resident merchants and fishers eventually displaced the longstanding English migratory fishery, and came to dominate this international trade. Public access to Bridge House will allow people to learn more about these themes, and how Bonavista's built heritage evolved over time once permanent settlement was established.'

- David Bradley, Chair, Bonavista Historic Townscape Foundation Inc.

'The Bonavista-Trinity Regional Chamber of Commerce is very much grateful for the continued support from both of our funding partners-Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Department of Industry, Energy and Technology. With this federal and provincial investment, we can now focus on amplifying our peninsula's marketing activities to make it one of Canada's top destinations for visitors, nationally and internationally.'

- John Norman, Mayor of Bonavista and President of the Bonavista-Trinity Regional Chamber of Commerce

Bonavista Historic Townscape Foundation Inc.