Today’s announcement of funding for the Ship Hector Society from all three levels of government is an early Christmas gift for the Ship Hector Society.
The Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Town of Pictou are helping the Ship Hector Society develop an interpretive and operational plan to rejuvenate the Hector Heritage Quay site to enhance its significant tourism and cultural impacts for the area, leading to the 250th anniversary of the landing of the Hector in 2023.
Strengthening the Quay is expected to drive more tourists to the region and provide a boost to local businesses and the regional economy. The Hector Heritage Quay site, managed by the Ship Hector Society, is one of the area’s anchor tourist destinations. Pictou, site of the Hector landing in 1773, is heralded as the ‘Birthplace of New Scotland’.
Today, Central Nova MP Sean Fraser, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced support to the Ship Hector Society for this project.
Laurie MacDonald, chair, Ship Hector Society, is thrilled with the announcement.
“The Society is extremely pleased that the Government of Canada through ACOA, and Nova Scotia’s Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage recognize and support the Society’s plan for the ship and site, and its importance to northern Nova Scotia, the province and the country.”
Pictou Mayor Jim Ryan is equally as enthusiastic.
“The Ship Hector and Hector Heritage Quay are signature attractions to the Town of Pictou and the Northumberland Shore for visitors from around the world. We are extremely thankful for the ongoing efforts of the Ship Hector Society and the contributions from all levels of government in preserving and enhancing this valuable cultural experience. The Town looks forward to partnering in planning for the future of this important infrastructure,” he said.