Development association attempts to uncover potential tourism attractions

Staff ~ The Telegram
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The St. Barbe Development Association, with support from the provincial government, is conducting a review of local archaeological and cultural heritage resources and assessing the potential as tourism and business generators on the Northern Peninsula.
Government funding of $15,538 will enable the association to secure a consultant to take inventory of the area's archaeological assets and provide recommendations on how to transform them into viable tourism products.
The assessment will focus on the Big Droke archaeological site in Bird Cove.
"We believe that the Big Droke Pre-Historic Cultures Site is an anchor attraction that adds tremendous value to the tourism industry along the Great Northern Peninsula," said Gloria Toope, Executive Director, St. Barbe Development Association. "The goal of this initiative is to enhance a product that promotes culture, heritage and history, improving the overall experience for tourists visiting the area and extending their stay. Enhancing tourism infrastructure such as Big Droke will create a positive climate for additional business development in the region."
In the late 1990s and early 2000, the archaeological project in Bird Cove comprised nearly 30 registered sites representing a number of prehistoric cultures. Work at Big Droke and Caines sites, in particular, uncovered valuable, prehistoric woodworking and hunting tools used by the Maritime Archaic Indians.

Organizations: Big Droke Pre-Historic Cultures Site, Barbe Development Association

Geographic location: Bird Cove

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