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. The Province has also invested in improvements to the dock and boardwalk at Fisherman’s Cove, which will help improve marine access to McNabs Island. Read more.

A Request for Information for Georges Island Seasonal Transportation Options was released in December 2019 and is now closed. This RFI invited respondents to share information and proposed marine transportation concepts to help Develop Nova Scotia and Parks Canada determine future service requirements. A Request for Proposals for Dedicated and Regularly Scheduled Waterborne Passenger Transportation to Georges Island National Historic Site was released in April 2020 and has now closed.

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.

NEWS

Renovations at Fisherman’s Cove to Boost Tourism

Local economy to benefit from a new dock and boardwalk that will create additional tourism experiences Investing in community infrastructure is essential to create jobs, increase tourism and contribute to quality of life in rural areas across Nova Scotia. To…

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Georges Island Investments

Investments announced for Georges Island for over $2.07 million in joint funding between the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia for the construction of a new, accessible wharf with floating docks.

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Harbour Islands Visitor Experience Strategy

The province has invested $100,000 for the creation of a Visitor Experience Strategy for the Halifax Harbour Islands, focusing on Georges and McNabs Islands.

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