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GOVERNMENT OF CANADA SUPPORTS
REPAIRS TO ICONIC BADDECK LIGHTHOUSES
February 4, 2014 Baddeck, NS Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation
The Village of Baddeck is receiving a $54,000 contribution through Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC) to repair two lighthouses on Kidston Island. These lighthouses are synonymous with the community and the Bras d’Or Lake and are featured in many tourism materials. This project will see the main lighthouse fitted with electricity, re-shingled, and painted. The smaller lighthouse at the opposite end of the island will also be painted.
· The renovations of the lighthouses have begun and should be completed by summer 2014.
· Kidston Island is located only a short distance offshore from downtown Baddeck, and is owned by the Village of Baddeck. It is visible from the waterfront and easily accessible by ferry or shuttle service.
· The island is named after William Kidston, a prominent merchant and political figure in Nova Scotia in the 19th century.
· Originally constructed in 1912, the main lighthouse has become a focal point for the Bras d’Or Lake, and an iconic image associated with the Village of Baddeck. It is often featured in tourism ads created by Nova Scotia Tourism and Destination Cape Breton Association.
· According to historians, the name Baddeck is derived from the Mi’kmaq term “abadak” which has been translated as “place with an island near”, in reference to Kidston Island.
· Tourism in Baddeck grew following the construction of the Cabot Trail in 1932, as it is considered to be the start and end of the Trail.
“Our Government continues to support the economic growth of communities across Canada. The renovations to the Kidston Island lighthouses will serve to attract visitors to the area and preserve a well recognized tourism icon. By investing in community infrastructure, we are helping to create jobs and stimulate the local economy.”
The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)
“Funding from ECBC allowed us to renovate two of Baddeck’s historic landmarks. Tourism is a key industry for Baddeck and these improvements will assist in attracting visitors to the area which will result in jobs and economic growth.”
Eddie Keeling, Chairman, Village of Baddeck
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is a federal Crown corporation offering programs in support of commercial development, community development, environmental stewardship and real property development on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area. It is also responsible for the delivery of the programs of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency in its mandate area.
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Chairman, Village of Baddeck