Mixed response to tourist season


PICTOU – Some tourist attractions have done well and others have noticed a decline this season.
The Hector Heritage Quay has done well, based on the number of bus tours that have been booked and have stopped at the quay this year.
In contrast, the Northumberland Fisheries Museum has noticed fewer visitors.
“It’s pretty good, but a little down from last year,” museum board vice-president Gary Nowlan said. “It goes in waves. It should have been a good year, especially American traffic with the price of gas and the Canadian dollar down.”
The museum’s building and display work has long since been completed and it is being utilized in other ways, Nowlan said.
“We’ve had a lot of use from the community room, from weddings to the community college,” he said.
The local community college was based at the museum last week for diving rescue training.
Meanwhile, traffic is down at Pictou County’s three visitor information centre operations in River John, Pictou and Westville.
Membership and visitor services co-ordinator Karla Allen pointed to the reduced ferry service between Wood Islands, P.E.I. and Caribou, N.S. for the decline.
Northumberland Ferries Ltd. is operating one ferry while the other one remains out of service with repairs.
“All three of our VICs are being affected,” she said. “At least we know the reason. The visitors are taking a different way with a whole different option of how to see the province and that affects us here. Before, if they missed the Pictou VIC, they’d come to Westville.”
Figures in July were down from the previous year, while August numbers were closer to par,” she said.
She said improved signage after the roundabout is completed near the Pictou VIC should improve visitor volume.

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