Fundy Shore Ecotour destinations given attention by Parrsboro and District Board of Trade

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Facelift continues for local sites

They are some of the favourite places here to visit, and the Parrsboro and District Board of Trade wants them to look their best.

Volunteers with the organization are continuing with their efforts to spruce up spots like the Partridge Island look off and the Two Islands interpretative site, and plans for this year include additional signage and trail upgrades.

Fundy Shore Ecotour destinations given attention by Parrsboro and District Board of Trade

They are some of the favourite places here to visit, and the Parrsboro and District Board of Trade wants them to look their best.

Volunteers with the organization are continuing with their efforts to spruce up spots like the Partridge Island look off and the Two Islands interpretative site, and plans for this year include additional signage and trail upgrades.

The work will follow extensive repairs and repainting done to the sites last year, work that was done thanks to the volunteer efforts of board of trade members and other local organizations.

A lot of these sites have been around for so long that people are used to them being there, and dont realize all the maintenance and upkeep is done by people who volunteer their time to do it, said Lori Lynch, who is chairing the board of trades ecotour committee.

The Fundy Shore Ecotour has existed since the mid-1990s, through a partnership between the Central Nova Tourist Association (CNTA) and various community organizations that sponsored the many sites between Amherst Point and Walton. The board of trade assumed responsibility for sites at First Beach, Partridge Island, Two Islands and Wards Falls, working with either the property owner or interested parties.

Last year an application was made with CNTA to the provincial Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage to fix up the sites, as some had seen little upkeep over the years. The application was successful in attaining $15,000 for the cause.

But that grant did not come through until after volunteers already looked after a lot of repairs and refurbishments. The Partridge Island lookout trail received some maintenance and the kiosk at the top of the trail was repainted, while the rickety stairs from Ottawa House to the beach below were rebuilt. Interpretative signage at Partridge Island was also fixed up, but will be replaced altogether this year. The First Beach kiosk was also repainted, as were picnic tables at all sites.

Now the group is working with the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association (CREDA) to design the replacement interpretative panels at Partridge Island and First Beach, as well as the new signage at Wards Falls.

All of the work is being done in cooperation with groups such as the Parrsborough Shore Historical Society, the Parrsboro and Area Harbour Commission, and Fundy Geological Museum. For example, museum curator Ken Adams visited the Two Islands site with committee members on Monday to help assess the site.

The original ecotour site was just a table and sign at the top, but we wanted to bring Ken over to look at the best way of getting down to the beach, said committee member Lyle Yorke. We work closely with all of the groups.

All new signage will also contain references to local Glooscap legends as they apply to the particular areas, something that seemed to be left out of most local tourism promotion in recent years.

Hes making a comeback, said Lynch.

The committee is now planning a work day at the sites for Thursday, May 3, and is asking anyone interested in volunteering their time to come out and help with the spring cleanup. The group will gather in front of House of Yorke on Main Street at 9:30 a.m.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Parrsboro and District Board of Trade, Central Nova Tourist Association, Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association Department of Tourism Ottawa House Parrsborough Shore Historical Society Area Harbour Commission Fundy Geological Museum House of Yorke

Geographic location: Partridge Island

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