Georges Island National Historic Site in Halifax Partially Opened Thanks to Partnership Between Canada and Nova Scotia
“For generations Georges Island National Historic Site has remained off limits and out of reach to Haligonians and visitors alike. Last year, the federal government in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia and the Mi'kmaq and Acadian communities of Nova Scotia, shared our plan to open Georges Island at long last. Access to this emerald gem in Halifax Harbour will immerse visitors in the diverse history and ecology of this iconic landmark, while enjoying Halifax from a whole new vantage point. Despite some COVID-19 related delays, this partial opening is an exciting and historic milestone.”
Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Investing in access to Georges Island National Historic Site through the Tourism Revitalization of Icons Program has helped open this sought-after tourism attraction to visitors and provides yet another compelling reason to visit the Halifax waterfront. The partnership with Ambassatours Gray Line demonstrates how investing in infrastructure at our iconic tourism sites can create opportunities for local businesses.”
Minister of Business, Province of Nova Scotia
“To see this project come to fruition which now provides safe access to Georges Island, is exciting. Enhancing authentic sustainable places in Nova Scotia that provide high quality experiences for residents and visitors, contributes to making our province attractive to people and investment. With the support of our partners and the community, we can now explore and learn about this important historical site and unique experience in Halifax Harbour. The Harbour Islands Visitor Experience Strategy that we are leading is focused on Georges and McNabs Islands and includes extensive engagement.”
President & CEO, Develop Nova Scotia
“The opportunity to visit Georges Island has been much-anticipated by the public and, with the current travel situation, there has never been a better time to more broadly explore our own backyards. Our captain and crew, at Murphy’s the Cable Wharf, are excited about the opportunity to work with two great partners to facilitate public visits to the island.”
CEO, Ambassatours Gray Line
A total investment of $3.7 million for the Georges Island visitor offer includes $1.6 million through Parks Canada’s Federal Infrastructure Investment program, combined with $2.07 million in funding from Infrastructure Canada and the province of Nova Scotia through the Tourism Revitalization of Icons Fund (TRIP) overseen by Tourism Nova Scotia.
Georges Island National Historic Site is scheduled to be open for visitors from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm for five consecutive weekends starting August 8 and 9, 2020, through to September 5 and 6, 2020.
Transport to the Island will be provided by Murphy’s and tickets may be obtained online or upon arrival to the Halifax waterfront. Ticket purchase information can be obtained at Ambassatours Gray Line/ Murphy’s on the Water.
Upon arrival on the island, visitors will walk up a sloped, gravelled path to Fort Charlotte where interpreters will present the Island’s history and provide short tunnel tours through the lower level rooms and halls of the gun battery – part of the World War II defence works on the island.
Visitors and employees will be required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings and to follow public health recommendations including physical distancing and good hygiene measures.
Visitors are asked to plan ahead and visit the before they travel.
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Parks Canada Agency
Develop Nova Scotia
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