Thousands of visitors flock to the seaside village of Victoria, Prince Edward Island, every year to enjoy the tourist attractions the island community has to offer. Thanks to an investment of $220,000 through the Community Adjustment Fund, Victoria’s popularity as a summertime destination has been enhanced even further.
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My name is Ben Smith and I am the Chairman of the community council of
What has happened here, this little park that is situated so nicely within what we call the core of the village was needing quite a few things. Public washrooms were not there, we had no parking lot that was adequate, it was just dirt and gravel, there was no boardwalk, there was no landscaping to speak of, there was just a location that needed to be brought into usable condition.
So, we were very happy when we have the Action Plan project that we could deal with the needs down there and since it is finished, so many people have commented on how wonderful it is. They will come down with their children and spend half the day there. We have a sea food take out nearby and an ice cream shop, some restaurants and pubs around. It has brought lots of tourism into our village and it has kind of helped, we have roughly 65 people employed in the summer, full time, in the tourism industry for a village of 100 people.
It is very important economically for us to make it an attractive place in the village and hotel and bed and breakfasts, and a lot of people will stay here, as we are centrally located, they can stay here for the whole week and they can see the whole island and it benefits our village quite good.
So, the park has had lots of positive effects for us and we are quite happy with it.
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