Sea is key

Justin Dickie
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Ocean Playground big draw for tourists

Although tourism numbers are below average again this year, our seafood and scenery seem to be the biggest attractions for the visitors that are showing up.

Although tourism numbers are below average again this year, our seafood and scenery seem to be the biggest attractions for the visitors that are showing up.

"I love the ocean, I love the salt air, and I love the seafood," said Marilyn Fitzgerald, a resident of Montreal, from the Nova Scotia Visitor Information Centre in Fort Lawrence. "I can't wait to get down here and get that fish."

"It's pretty. It's more rural than we're used to," said John MacCallum from North Carolina.

"(I'm here for) mostly just the scenery. Seafood sounds pretty good, too," said Noel Wigdor, who lives in Vancouver. "I'm on a motorcycle. I just did a cross-Canada trip and I've heard nothing but great things about driving the Cabot Trail."

These people seemed to be happy and excited to be in Nova Scotia. Wigdor went so far to say "I've been dieing to get here. I've heard it's very beautiful."

So what's keeping other people away?

MacCallum, who was travelling with family to see relatives in Pictou, figures part of the reason for the decline could be on his country's part.

"We used to come to Canada with just a driver's licence. Now you're going to need a passport, not necessarily to get into Canada, but we need it to get back into the United States."

jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Visitor Information Centre, Cross-Canada

Geographic location: Montreal, Fort Lawrence, Canada North Carolina Vancouver Nova Scotia Pictou United States

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