Stewiacke vis­i­tor cen­tre to re­ceive fund­ing in­crease from county


In­creased tourism traf­fic at the Stewiacke Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre has prompted a re­quest for ad­di­tional fund­ing from the County of Colchester.

And Council’s Com­mit­tee of the Whole is rec­om­mend­ing to council that it ap­prove an in­crease of $1,980 above the $600 an­nual con­tri­bu­tion the mu­nic­i­pal­ity cur­rently pro­vides to the vis­i­tor cen­tre.

“I think it’s cer­tainly worth­while fund­ing the lo­ca­tion,” area coun­cil­lor Mike Cooper said, dur­ing dis­cus­sion.

A staff re­port to council said the cen­tre coun­seled 9,654 vis­i­tors in 2016, an in­crease of 3,761 vis­i­tors from the pre­vi­ous year.

And while this year’s to­tals aren’t yet avail­able the re­port said tourism traf­fic is an­tic­i­pated to re­main high well into the fall again this year.

The ad­di­tional funds are to help the cen­tre stay open three weeks longer, un­til the end of Oc­to­ber.

The Town of Stewiacke dou­bled its con­tri­bu­tion to the cen­tre this year from $2,000 to $4,000.

Colchester’s new amount, once it is ap­proved by council, will be $2,580.

Coun. Ron Ca­vanaugh was the only one to vote against the mo­tion.

“I think, like every­thing else, some­thing has to come to an end,” he said, in ref­er­ence to the ex­tended hours at the cen­tre.

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