Victoria-by-the-Sea to Entice Visitors to Extend Their Stay
The community plans multiple projects to capitalize on its tourism potential
November 26, 2016 – Charlottetown, PE – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
The rural community of Victoria is steeped in rich history and alive with an array of unique tourism experiences. The community council and volunteers have developed strategic plans to build on the area’s current strengths, with improvements to further promote the area and strengthen its appeal to visitors and residents alike.
The Honourable Wayne Easter, Member of Parliament for Malpeque, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), today joined community council members, business owners and residents to announce funding support.
Through its Innovative Communities Fund, ACOA will support the Community of Victoria with a $647,307 contribution for the municipality’s plan to carry-out protective upgrades to the 90 metre-long seawall, create a pedestrian pathway to connect the popular waterfront with green-space and business areas, develop recreational greenspace with visitor parking, and upgrade and expand the historic Victoria schoolhouse to serve as regional rental space and source of revenue. The Community will contribute $480,000 towards this undertaking, and it has received $20,000 from the South Shore Tourism Development Fund for the project.
“The Government of Canada is committed to supporting community infrastructure projects that help improve our communities by restoring and upgrading the facilities and areas that bring us together. We understand and appreciate that communities are in the best position to recognize their strengths and to plan for a prosperous future.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister Responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
“This picturesque community is certainly a treasure along our rural landscape. The community and business owners are proud of what they have to offer and they want to share it. I am pleased to announce support for this project as the community of Victoria works hard to further strengthen its second-to-none tourism experience in beautiful Prince Edward Island.”
- Wayne Easter, Member of Parliament for Malpeque
“We take great pride in our past, present and future and we are pleased to offer many unique opportunities to our visitors now, and for many years to come. We are grateful to receive this support from ACOA, as this is not an endeavour we could financially take on alone.”
- Ben Smith, Chairperson, Community of Victoria
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