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Camper & Nicholsons

Camper & Nicholsons Marinas are globally recognised as the experts in developing marinas alongside premium waterside property developments and place-making. We provide consultancy services to anyone who is planning to construct a marina. We manage, operate and own marinas all over the world. Contact: Andrew Garland, Business Development Manager Andrew.garland@cnmarinas.com Tel: +44 (0)20 3405 1782

MARINA CHAINS & NETWORKS Halifax is famed for its historic waterfront, bustling with a wide variety of vessels and accessible via a long urban boardwalk. Photo: Flitelab Gateway to Atlantic Canada and the North The Canadian province of Nova Scotia, which is almost completely surrounded by water, has been a seafaring destination for hundreds of years. Well served – especially for small craft – by a network of marinas and anchorages, it is nonetheless ripe for a public plan to enhance infrastructure and services and boost visitor numbers. Develop Nova Scotia (DNS), which is responsible for the development of strategic economic infrastructure across the province and operates two of its largest marinas, is spearheading a drive to achieve just this. Nova Scotia has six uniquely different regions and a wealth of inlets, coves and harbours along a coastline that stretches over 8,077mi (13,000km). Most marinas are geared to boats under 80ft (24m) but there is a marina or waterfront mooring in every region capable of accepting much larger boats, including superyachts. “Most marinas are within a day sail but there is one gap on the Eastern Shore between Halifax and Cape Breton Island that DNS is looking to resolve through identifying required infrastructure and working with partners to implement. In doing so, access will be Lunenberg Waterfront Marina, operated by DNS, provides access to a UNESCO world heritage town. opened up to a relatively unexplored part of the province known as the 100 Wild Islands,” explains Deborah Page, director marketing and communications. “DNS will continue to identify strategic infrastructure around the province to grow the standard of service delivery and access to shoreside amenities,” she adds. Around the regions In all, the province currently offers 45 marina/mooring facilities, ranging in size and type of ownership. Halifax Metro (the smallest and only city-focused region) has ten marinas, including DNS-managed Halifax Waterfront Marina; the welcoming and well-maintained Armdale Yacht Club; the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron – which offers the largest learn-to-sail programme in Atlantic Canada – and the full-service marina of Shining Waters on St Margaret’s Bay with 85 deep water slips and moorings. To complement its varied urban offerings, such as dining and shopping, Halifax is renowned for green spaces that give it the soubriquet of ‘the city of trees’ and is also famed for its historic waterfront with a 2.5mi (4km) urban boardwalk. A rugged contrast is to be found on the relatively untouched Eastern Shore, served by four marinas including the active little sailing hub Petpeswick Yacht Club in Musquodoboit Harbour and the well-sheltered Guysborough Marina. Despite its wild coastline, the Eastern Shore is also home to Martinique Beach, the longest sandy beach in Nova Scotia. From Guysborough, the logical journey is towards Bras d’Or Lakes, the 1,351mi (3,500km) inland sea that offers a unique recreational boating destination. Like the rest of the Cape Breton Island region, the lakes offer breathtaking natural beauty and atmosphere injected with Gaelic music and culture. The region has 13 marinas/ moorings. Privatelyowned full-service Baddeck Marine on the shores of the lake offers heavyduty moorings; North Sydney Yacht Club has berths for vessels www.marinaworld.com - May/June 2019 13

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