Enhancing trails at Université Sainte-Anne

John DeMings
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The federal government is providing $25,244 to support enhancement of the Petit Bois trail system on the campus of Université Sainte-Anne.

Le Petit Bois, which translates to Little Woodland or Little Forest, is a network of coastal and wooded trails on the university campus overlooking St. Mary’s Bay. The trails are maintained by staff and students of the university’s spring and summer French immersion school.

The funding support was announced this morning by West Nova MP Greg Kerr on behalf of Rob Moore, Minister of State (ACOA).

“The fact that this trail system is maintained on a voluntary basis by staff and students of Université Sainte-Anne testifies to the community’s commitment in the trail,” said Kerr in a news release.

The Le Petit Bois interpretive trail project is a tourism program aimed at expanding the offerings of the Rendez-vous de la Baie Visitor Centre, and is a partnership between the Municipality of Clare tourism department and Université Sainte-Anne.

We are excited to add this component to our tourism offering in Clare. Warden Ronnie LeBlanc

Enhancements will enable guided and self-guided tours of the trails’ variety of natural habitats, from an Acadian forest to freshwater wetlands and the nearby coastal ecosystem.

“We are excited to add this component to our tourism offering in Clare,” said Clare warden Ronnie LeBlanc. “There are many reasons to visit the region and this will be of particular interest to those seeking adventure and cultural tourism opportunities.”

Federal support was provided through the Economic Development Initiative, which supports business and economic development activities to encourage sustainable growth in Atlantic Canada's francophone communities. 

The Southwest Nova Tourism Task Team contributed $15,000 to this project with additional funding from the Nova Scotia government.

For more information about Le Petit Bois and a photo gallery, click here 

Geographic location: Clare, Little Woodland, Acadian forest Atlantic Canada Southwest Nova Tourism Task Team Nova Scotia

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  • Concerned
    July 27, 2014 - 22:47

    So this was the big unknown announcement I've been hearing about. All this time I thought it was regarding assistance with our dwindling local economy. It's all great that Le Petit Bois is being maintained but, I would think that future economic sustainability would be a more pressing issue. But then again I might be wrong.