Harbour Islands Visitor Experience Strategy

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On February 12, 2019, the Province announced a $100,000 investment in the development of a Visitor Experience Strategy for Halifax’s Harbour islands, focusing on Georges Island National Historic Site and McNabs Island. As a first step to opening the islands to[...]

On February 12, 2019, the Province announced a $100,000 investment in the development of a Visitor Experience Strategy for Halifax’s Harbour islands, focusing on Georges Island National Historic Site and McNabs Island. As a first step to opening the islands to visitation, and in order to understand their potential, Develop Nova Scotia has led the development of a Visitor Experience Strategy, including consultations with island partner organizations, businesses and tourism operators, and special interest groups to determine which activities are possible.

We also collected ideas from the public at three pop-up events and through an online survey, and nearly 1,000 people told us what kinds of visitor experiences they were interested in. Thank you to everyone who participated in our engagement period.

The Visitor Experience Strategy is currently being finalized and will be available for download on this page when ready.

Read more on the Georges Island investments from August 2019.

A Request for Information for Georges Island Seasonal Transportation Options was made public in December 2019 and closed December 20, 2019. The RFI is an invitation by Develop Nova Scotia, in partnership with Parks Canada, to prospective respondents to provide information relating to the marine transportation marketplace in order to assist in the determination of future service options or requirements, and, to submit and present proposal concepts for the provision of seasonal transportation to Georges Island tentatively commencing July 2020.

Background

The Harbour Islands Visitor Experience Strategy is part of a $1.5 million investment, announced in July 2018, for the Halifax waterfront under the Tourism Revitalization of Icons Program (TRIP), which is administered by Tourism Nova Scotia. TRIP is a $6 million infrastructure funding program aiming to revitalize Nova Scotia’s most compelling tourism destinations, and to create opportunities for private businesses to develop new excursions and experiences. Five sites have been identified for development over the next three years, including the Halifax waterfront area.