Cape Chignecto Provincial Park in Advocate Harbour has achieved another milestone in its development as a world-class tourist attraction. Officials from all three levels of government were to join the park management board and staff, CREDA, and the public on July 30 to celebrate the official opening of Phase III - the Eatonville day-use area.
Located in the once thriving settlement of Eatonville Harbour, the new day-use area allows visitors to enjoy some of Cape Chignecto's most stunning geological features and outstanding scenery from the safety of professionally engineered viewing platforms. The new Three Sisters Interpretive Centre, a renewable energy building powered by solar panels, provides access to the trail system, information on the historical, cultural and geological significance of the area, and amenities such as washrooms, a boardroom and an observation deck.
Two user-friendly trail loops offer an entire day of entertainment for park visitors. One 2.4 km loop takes visitors to Andersons Cove, Eatonville Harbour and the famous Three Sisters, the magnificent sea-stacks engulfed in local folklore. The second 2.7 km loop leads to Squally Point, an actual raised beach that was created thousands of years ago when glaciers covered much of this area. There are rest and picnic areas along the trail systems and seven viewing platforms offering spectacular views of the upper Bay of Fundy as well as interpretive information.
Access to Eatonville day-use area is via the West Apple River Road, which has been significantly upgraded thanks to the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.
The international spotlight is shining brightly on the Bay of Fundy now that it has been selected as a top 28 finalist in a global campaign to declare the new seven wonders of nature. Bay of Fundy is the only Canadian site and one of three on the continent to proceed to the final phase in the New7Wonders of Nature contest. The 28 finalists were announced at New7Wonders Foundation headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, on July 21.
A New7Wonders international panel of experts identified the top 28 natural wonders from the campaign's recent Top 77 natural sites (identified by popular vote on July 7, 2009). The Top 77 sites were evaluated by the panel against such criteria as: unique nature features, diversity of landscapes, rock formations, national parks, preserved areas, seascapes, ecological significance, and geo-location. The 28 finalists are now competing by popular vote to become one of the New7Wonders of Nature. Public voting opened immediately following the announcement.
Voting in the New7Wonders of Nature campaign continues throughout 2010 and into 2011. During this time, the New7Wonders World Tour will visit each of the 28 Finalists to allow each to present itself to the voters across the globe.
The final declaration of the New7Wonders of Nature will be in 2011. Voters can go to votemyfundy.com to place their vote in this final and important stage of the contest.
The Bay of Fundy is best known for the highest tides in the world and has been compared, in marine biodiversity, to the Amazon Rainforest. The Bay is the summer feeding area for half the world's population of endangered North Atlantic Right whales and 12 other whale species. It is home to the world's most complete fossil record of the "Coal Age" (300 million years ago) as well as Canada's oldest dinosaurs. UNESCO recently recognized the upper Bay of Fundy as a Biosphere Reserve and Joggins Fossil Cliffs as a World Heritage Site.
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