EATONVILLE, N.S. — The long-vacant visitor information centre in Eatonville acquired by the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark is about to get a new lease on life as renovations and repairs get underway.
Funding for Phase 1 of repairs is being provided by the Government of Canada’s Healthy Communities Initiative. In a May 2 release, the geopark said the first phase of the renovation project for the newly acquired building will see new wood siding installed. Other repairs such as replacement doors and repairs to floor joists are also in the works.
The repairs and safety upgrades are part of the conditions the geopark agreed to when it took over the building from the province.
The 1.5-story facility in the forest is already equipped with solar panels, a rainwater collection system, a woodstove and fully accessible features. It is based at the entrance to the day-use trails which view the famous Three Sisters sea stacks and Squally Point at Cape Chignecto Provincial Park.
A public engagement process suggested several uses for the newly acquired building, including geotourism, interpretive tours of the geosites in the area and a raised beach, yoga retreats, artists’ weekends, migratory bird research, school tours and a variety of workshops.
Cumberland South MLA Tory Rushton said the centre is a wonderful addition to the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark.
“The continued development of the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark represents a unique opportunity to showcase the natural beauty and history of our local area as we begin to welcome visitors back to Nova Scotia,” said Rushton. “Continued support from the federal government and individual investors will be essential to bring this project to its full potential.”