Support for Wooden Boat Heritage Preservation Will Benefit Cultural Tourism in the Province

News release

Governments provide more than $487,000 for enhancements of visitor experiences and expanded partnership opportunities

August 20, 2018 – Winterton, NL – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Making smart investments in Atlantic Canada’s communities to help them develop their tourism assets will bring more visitors to our shores and create good middle-class jobs. Today, the governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador are investing more than $487,000 in the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador (WBMNL) to enhance visitor experience through site renovations and improved interpretive displays while expanding partnership opportunities.

Churence Rogers, Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), today announced an investment of $337,044 from ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund. The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation announced $150,000 in provincial funding.

The WBMNL has the unique responsibility of preserving the rich history and culture of wooden boats in Newfoundland and Labrador. Through this project, the WBMNL will develop new exhibits, programs, demonstrations, and workshops that offer more to visitors. The project also includes the development and expansion of partnerships to include local artisans, other provincial attractions with heritage themes, other wooden boat organizations, as well as regional businesses and community groups.

These investments build on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy by helping the region’s tourism industry attract more visitors and create new jobs across the region. This bold new approach is in line with Canada’s Tourism Vision, which seeks to make Canada a top-ten global tourism destination by 2025.


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Jim Dempsey, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador (WBMNL) gives Churence Rogers, Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity a tour of the WBMNL. The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, provided an investment of $337,044 for the WBMNL.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada recognizes that investing in arts and cultural initiatives stimulates economic growth and helps strengthen and diversify our communities. Through strategic investments like this one with the Wooden Boat Museum, our government is supporting a unique approach to economic development while also promoting and preserving our culture and heritage.”

-       The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Our province’s incredibly rich culture, history and natural beauty are at the heart of many of our tourist attractions. We are proud to support the Wooden Boat Museum as a key tourism asset offering visitors the chance to take in this region’s culture with unique experiences.  This project will enhance the provision of heritage based experiential learning for visitors and benefit not only the Baccalieu Trail region, but the entire provincial tourism industry.” 

-       Churence Rogers, Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity

“Today’s announcement aligns with The Way Forward’s Provincial Tourism Product Development Plan, and the addition of more people and program-based experiences to existing infrastructure and activities. This investment will enhance the profile of both the museum and the province nationally and internationally, and will have a lasting effect on the visitor experience.”

-       The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

“Over 20 years ago a small group of concerned citizens decided they would begin to preserve and share the story of Winterton’s boat building history. The museum they created has become an attraction for visitors and a living-library of irreplaceable Newfoundland and Labrador boat building skills and knowledge. The investment announced today will help to ensure the important cultural work of the Wooden Boat Museum will continue. I thank the volunteers from my district and those across the province who have done a great service for us all in saving this unique tradition.”

-       The Honourable Steve Crocker, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Transportation and Works and MHA for Carbonear-Trinity-Bay de Verde

“The Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador is proud to recognize the role that wooden boats have played in the development of our culture.  The museum tells a story of the life of the province's fishing communities and the boats that have served them.  Through our boat building workshops and heritage experiences, we provide visitors with a hands-on appreciation of the skills required to build and fish in these boats.  Through our partnerships with like-minded organizations, the tourism industry, and the education sector, we strive to spread our message throughout the province and beyond.  The feedback that we receive from visitors and the public has assured us that we are filling a meaningful niche in our culture. We are grateful to our funding partners for appreciating our vision and for their ongoing support.”

-        Jim Dempsey, Chair, Board of Directors, Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador Inc.

Contacts

Paul McGrath
Director, Communications
ACOA NL
709-772-2984
paul.mcgrath@canada.ca

Eric Humber
Media Relations Manager
Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
709-729-4819, 725- 9655 
erichumber@gov.nl.ca

Beverley King
Project Manager
Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador Inc.
709-583-2070
bkingheritage@gmail.com


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