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March 1997 

In an effort to boost tourism in Sheet Harbour, the Sheet Harbour Board of Trade organized public meetings in October 1996 to ask the community for suggestions as to how to make the area an attractive place for tourists.
  Mountains of hardwood chips from Nova Scotia forests waiting to be loaded for export at the Ship Harbour marine terminal

Twenty five local residents attended the meeting with consultants from a consulting firm called Environmental Design and Management.

Early in the new year, the suggestions of the community were drafted into a plan of action . The draft plan suggests that most of the development take place around the West River and MacPhee House. The following projects were cited as proposed improvements:

   Marina Development- A marina with services was recommended to attract the more than 2000 private yachts that cruise up the coast each summer past the Eastern Shore on the way to Cape Breton.

   Sidewalks - The purpose of the sidewalks would be to connect nodes of activity within the village. The plan suggests that these sidewalks extend the entire length of the village from West River to East River hooking up various tourist attractions.

    Walking Trails- Several kilometers of hiking and bicycle paths are proposed with a trail head adjacent to MacPhee House.

    Walking Bridge across the West River- A bridge spanning the West River is planned at the sight of the old highway 7 bridge. This bridge will connect up with the walking paths and sidewalks and keep the West River Falls as an attractive focus for tourists.

    Interpretive Signage- The signage will be designed to tell the story of the community's ship building history, connection to the War of Independence, lumbering and pulp and paper industry.

    Highway Signage- According to the study, new signs are needed for tourists entering the village from the Guysborough side and new signage is needed to promote the MacPhee House as the centre of tourism activity.

Scenic Look-Offs- Two scenic look-offs are planned to allow visitors a chance to pull over and take pictures. One will be at the entry to the village from the Halifax side and the other will be across from the Sheet Harbour Motel.

The Arctic Trader as a Dive Site- The Arctic Trader was a vessel that sank near the Government Wharf in Sheet Harbour in 1990. It was suggested that the wharf would allow divers access to the Arctic Trader as a dive site.

Expanded Operating Season of Taylor Head Provincial Park- Taylor Head Provincial Park is presently only open from May to October.

by Jessie DeBaie, Pot o' Rainbows


(Highway 7 hopes to be able to report soon on the current status of this project.)

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