Canadian funding will aid two-nation tourism Downeast
A Canadian project to improve berthing at Welshpool Landing on Canada’s Campobello Island at the entrance to Passamaquoddy Bay is expected to boost gateway possibilities between Maine and Canada, tap into the booming American marine tourism and help the whole region, the Quoddy Tides reported.
Welshpool Landing was once the center for the Campobello community. The Canadian government’s Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is contributing $430,000 and the Friar’s Bay Development Association is providing $180,000 toward a project pegged at $3.9 million to improve the landing, with further work later expected to allow vessels up to 300 feet long to tie up.
At the funding announcement, Joseph Gough, president of the Friar’s Bay Development Association, said that east and west of the Passamaquoddy Bay region marine tourism is booming. In Maine, the cruise industry generates about $45 million yearly and 800 jobs. Welshpool Landing can provide an easily accessible gateway to the Quoddy region for windjammers and small- and medium-sized cruise ships, he believes. In addition, private leisure craft can bring further revenues. Approximately 35,000 recreational vessels that could sail in the Bay of Fundy are located in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts alone, the Quoddy Tides reported.