McGrath explained that when council next spoke with Transport Canada, she was surprised to learn that the offer was off the table.
“We were told that they were mistaken, we could not retain ownership—it was going to be demolished,” she said.
McGrath calls it a pretty big mistake on the part of Transport Canada.
When asked about what transpired in this instance, Transport Canada stated, “Under the Ports Asset Transfer Program, the Town of Terrenceville had expressed interest in taking ownership of the wharf. On November 15, 2016, the Town withdrew its interest.
“The wharf in Terrenceville was built in 1974 and has been closed since 1999. Due to its poor condition, the decision to demolish the wharf was made for safety reasons.”
McGrath said although the wharf has not been used by boats in a number of years, it is still a centurial part of the community.
“I could get up every morning and see people fishing off that wharf,” she said.
McGrath added the town had also been looking into ways to revitalize the wharf, “…tourismwise, like have a little restaurant or café.”
McGrath explained that events such as The Bottom of the Bay festival were held alongside the wharf.
“Everyone from the town knows that this is where everyone meets.”