What happened to Brigus?
Why hasn’t the government developed the beautiful, picturesque, historical Town of Brigus into the major tourist destination that Brigus could be and should be?
Sadly, about 90 per cent of Brigus’ great history is not made known to tourists or our residents. Why?
Our Stone Barn Museum, which was built by the government, was built way too small, and can only hold a small amount of the town’s historical artifacts. Why?
Our Brigus flag features three symbols — the sailing vessel represents our marine heritage; the seal represents our seal fishery; and the split codfish represents the Labrador cod fishery. Yet there is no display in our museum on the sailing vessels of Brigus, or the fact that there were 133 vessels built at a shipyard in Riverhead, Brigus.
There is also no display on the seal fishery, which is shocking considering that it was the money that was made from the seal fishery that made Brigus one of the most famous and wealthiest small towns in the world.
There is also no display on the Labrador cod fishery, which also helped play a part in Brigus’ prosperity. Again I ask, Why?
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, yet there are hundreds of old Brigus photos at The Rooms and Memorial Univer- sity. Again, why haven’t these pictures been copied and placed on display in Brigus, where tourists and residents can view them?
Sadly, there is very little for tourists to do and stay in Brigus for.
There are no hiking trails marked, or no ponds marked for swimming or trouting. Also, we have sports facilities that are nonoperational and could and should be fixed up and made available to tourists and residents, including the tennis court, basketball court and softball field
Also, we have a town council and historical society that does not seem to have been educated in tourism or how to save this town’s unique heritage features, especially our rock walls. Again, why?
For some unknown reason, Brigus was never developed for tourism. Either the government lacked the intelligence to do so, or maybe Rockwell Kent taught the government an important lesson about the people of Brigus.
In closing, if Brigus was located anywhere else in the world, it would have been developed into a major tourist destination like Lunenburg, NS, which draws hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. So what happened in Brigus? William Pomeroy Jr. writes from Brigus