This town and its surrounding Cumberland County communities were given a showcase at the recent Toronto Fall Home Show, and members of a local delegation that attended are reporting it as a successful venture.
“No question, the venture was worthwhile,” said photographer Lawrence Nicoll, whose many photographs of the area were used in slideshows at the delegation’s booth at the event. “It was so obvious that Tourism Nova Scotia needs to do this, the interest was so strong. Our booth was often the best attended and was always strongly attended.”
Feedback was very positive, according to Nicoll, who said the nine-minute promotional video prepared by John Meadows and Rocky Warren was a big hit as it played on a 60-inch screen.
“Many said they would have to go, and just as many who had been before said it was time to revisit,” said Nicoll, who credited Meadows with the idea of participating in the show.
Making the trip with Meadows and Nicoll to make up the Parrsboro delegation were town recreation director Tissy Bolivar, Fundy Geological Museum employees Leisa Babineau and Pat Welton, and Rod Tyson, who took along some local mineral specimens as part of the showcase.
While many of the booth visitors had been to Nova Scotia, few of them had been outside of Halifax, according to Bolivar.
“We would have to explain a bit more to them,” she said. “But there were a lot of people who had been to the area, and some have been planning to come down this way. There were a few that were quite interested in real estate as well.”
Local developments such as Rockliffe Estates and West Bay Estates were given promotion, as were many local tourist attractions.
“If everyone we talked to who said they plan to visit Parrsboro really visit, I think it would be great,” said Welton. “People enjoyed talking to us and we also met people who already visited and plan to visit again.”