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July 9, 2004
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Community of Cardigan Officially Launches Waterfront Development

Development and Technology

The community of Cardigan will come alive Saturday evening with the sights and sounds of the community’s seafaring past. The Cardigan Communities Development Association Inc. is holding the official launch of its waterfront development, which features a marina and an interpretive centre. The interpretive centre highlights each of the 13 communities that make up the Cardigan area and features the community’s historical connection to ships, shipbuilding and the river.

The project was supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Labour Market Development Agreement and the provincial Community Development Bureau and the provincial Department of Transportation and Public Works.

“I am proud to witness the official opening of this waterfront development, another jewel for Eastern PEI that will increase tourism and benefit the economy,” said The Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, M.P. for Cardigan. “This development is an important and unique attraction for this area. Visitors will enjoy a number of elements including boating, eco-tourism and an appreciation for the culture of the community.”

“We have already seen a big difference in the community, with a number of businesses opening up in anticipation of increased visitation to the community,“ said Development and Technology Minister Mike Currie. “This kind of development is an incentive for other, private sector development and will be an important boost to the economy of the area. I congratulate the community on its hard work.”

Many of the beautiful wooden sailing ships built in PEI were built in the Cardigan River - very close to the spot now occupied by the interpretive centre. One of those ships, the Victory Chimes, was constructed in Cardigan and sailed the world until 1933, carrying loads of potatoes and lumber from Prince Edward Island to distant ports. A replica of the ship, built by Freeman Trowbridge, will be on display at the interpretive centre.

The development also includes a marina which will offer full services for boaters including laundry and shower facilities, gas and a pumping station.

“It is with great pride that we officially open this project,” said Randy Angus, chair of the Development Association. “I am grateful to the community as a whole, to the board, the volunteers and the funding bodies for all the positive contributions and hard work that has gone on over this four year project. The fact that the marina is already full is a tribute to the need for a facility like this one.”

The opening festivities will feature a special song, written by local musician Eddie Quinn to commemorate the importance of the Cardigan River to the community.

Media Contact: Ann Thurlow
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