The provincial government announced funding today of $499,000 for the Bonavista Historic Townscape Foundation to support the continued emergence of cultural tourism in Bonavista’s economy,
Susan Sullivan, Minister of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development, made the announcement in the town.
“The community and local economic development groups, in collaboration with the provincial government, see incredible value in the continued development of cultural tourism in Bonavista and the surrounding region,” Sullivan said. “As the industry matures and develops, so too do the cluster of businesses that service its associated demands. The Bonavista Historic Townscape Foundation has been a key driver in identifying measures to strengthen the area’s cultural tourism industry and business community.”
With the investment, the Bonavista Historic Townscape Foundation will complete its restoration of the harbour front, which includes boardwalk construction and renovations of historic properties. It will also finish improvements to the Garrick Theatre — one of the province’s oldest theatres — that will enable the theatre to accommodate conferences and meetings.
“The Bonavista Historic Townscape Foundation is certainly the cultural tourism lead in rebuilding historical Bonavista and enhancing the town’s unique attractions by building new infrastructure,” said Roger Fitzgerald, MHA for Bonavista South.
Established in 1998, the foundation was established by the Bonavista Historical Society, in co-operation with the Town of Bonavista and other community groups to protect, develop, and manage the area’s heritage resources. Since its inception, it has attracted national and international attention from architects and historians that have travelled to Bonavista to learn how to properly manage historic resources.
“This is another step toward enhancing the visitor experience in Bonavista, while at the same time improving the quality of life for those who live here,” said David Bradley, Chair, Bonavista Historic Townscape Foundation.