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May June 2019 Marina World

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MARINA CHAINS & NETWORKS Above & clockwise: Digby Marina; Baddeck Marine; Oak Island Marina; and North Sydney Yacht Club. up to 160ft (49m); the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club (ex-Port of Sydney) boasts a recent 30-berth extension; and St Peter’s Marina with 64 berths, ten swing moorings and a full range of facilities and services. Boaters crossing the Strait of Canso between Cape Breton and mainland Nova Scotia hit the warmer waters, world-class golf courses - such as Cabot Cliffs - and rich history and culture of Northumberland Strait. Seven marinas serve this region including Hector Quay Marina with deep water barrier-free access; Pictou Marina with 95 sheltered deep water berths for boats up to 60ft (18m); and familyowned Sunrise Shore Marina on Barrachois Harbour with ample visitor berthing and oceanfront rental cottages. The extensive Bay of Fundy and Annapolis Valley region – awash with vineyards, natural wonders, history and legend, and huge biodiversity – is home to one historic mooring facility; Digby Marina (Royal Western Nova Scotia Yacht Club and Marina), which was founded as the Digby Yacht Club in 1898. From Digby, it is a short sea journey to the final region of South, Yarmouth and Acadian Shores. Examples of its 13 marinas are Chester Yacht Club, which plays host to Chester Race Week, Canada’s largest keelboat regatta; the spacious tree-fringed Gold River Marina with visitor moorings and slips; centrally-located Oak Island Marina on the western shore between Chester and Mahone Bay, which offers 43 berths, six moorings and forms part of the Oak Island Resorts and Conference Centre; and Lunenberg Waterfront Marina, operated by DNS and providing access to the centre of a UNESCO World Heritage town. Making changes With a good necklace of over 45 marina/mooring facilities and just a few gaps in the network, DNS has a good base from which to work. What is the timeline and the focus? “We’re looking at a five to ten year project; it’s a long term plan,” observes Adam Langley, DNS director marine. “We are working to support visitor boating opportunities in the province by enhancing infrastructure and elevating destination experiences.” And, as nautical tourism is seen to be of increasing importance to the provincial economy, DNS is reaching out to work more closely with other Canadian provinces and some US states. “We’re working towards a collaborative plan in order to provide visitors by water with a coordinated and consistent delivery of services to support provincial and regional yacht itineraries.” DNS (formerly Waterfront Development) was established to engage with public and private organisations, as well as the general public, to plan projects that revitalise waterfront while maintaining continuous public access to the water. By and large, the public is on side. “We’ve made lots of enhancements to the waterfront area in Halifax, for example,” says DNS marine manager Nik Karbowski. “Much has been redeveloped over time, and public interest and consultation has always been taken into account.” Page also emphasises how receptive the public can actually be. “Nova Scotia has often been called one of the friendliest destinations in the world. There have been stories told and retold of recreational boaters and yachts arriving in a quiet harbour, tendering to shore and ending up at a local resident’s kitchen party or - May/June 2019 15

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