Welcome to the CREDA File, a monthly column on economic development issues and activities in Cumberland County from the files of the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association.
The Bay of Fundy is back on the international stage in the New7Wonders of Nature contest. In an unprecedented turn of events the Bay of Fundy, which placed second in the first phase of the contest that concluded Jan. 7, is now representing Canada!
The New7Wonders of Nature organization, based in Brussels, reinstated the Bay of Fundy after confirming that Dinosaur Provincial Park did not meet the Phase II participation requirements. As a result, the Bay of Fundy is now officially Canada's national representative.
Canadians from coast to coast are encouraged to go online to votemyfundy.com to place their vote before July 7, when the top 77 international sites will be short listed. Between July 7 and 21, an independent committee will select the top 21 to continue into the fourth and final stage of the campaign. These top 21 sites will also be part of a 2010 New7Wonders world tour bringing tremendous international attention to the selected sites. Phase four is the last voting component of the New7Wonders of Nature campaign until the final announcement is made on who has been selected the New7Wonders of Nature.
Pugwash is preparing for the arrival of seven international tall ships late this month. The ships, in the province for Tall Ships Nova Scotia 2009, will be tied up in the harbour throughout the three days of Pugwash HarbourFest July 31, and Aug. 1-2. Entering its fourth year, Pugwash HarbourFest has proven to be a very successful and well organized event that attracts several thousand visitors and participants to Pugwash each summer. The inclusion of Pugwash on the tall ships itinerary is expected to attract many thousands more this year.
The fastest of the tall ships is expected to arrive from Pictou on Thursday evening, July 30 and some will stay beyond Sunday, Aug. 2. The ships will be open for public viewing and boarding at specified times throughout Harbourfest.
Organizers have scheduled an amazing number and variety of events throughout the three days including many water-based activities such as dory, canoe and raft races and a power boat poker rally. Land-based activities will include beach volleyball, buskers, puppet show and children's activity area, lobster suppers, an art show and sale, a food, craft and vendors mart, the Nova Scotia Arm Wrestling Championships and entertainers such as John Gracie and Killick.
Admission to the event grounds is free. For more information on Pugwash HarebourFest call 243-2275.
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