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May June 2019 Marina World

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MARINA CHAINS & NETWORKS Above & clockwise: St Peter’s Marina; Shining Waters; Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron; and Guysborough Marina. wedding reception,” she says. “Nova Scotians are natural-born entertainers and appreciate nothing more than hearing that visitors are enjoying their experiences and travels. In fact, the increase in leisure boats and superyachts to the Halifax Waterfront creates yet one more reason for locals and visitors alike to spend time in and around the most-visited tourism destination in the entire province.” “Part of our strategy is to recognise that many of our marinas are working waterfronts that host vessels of all types, recreational and working ships, naval vessels, tugboats, container ships and fishing fleets. Maintaining the balance between those needs and expectations while providing berthing to visiting boaters, provides an incredible, authentic boating experience.” Boating at home Although DNS aims to boost nautical tourism, improved quality of marina infrastructure will also benefit local boaters and, in a maritime province, boating is a popular pastime. The array of yacht club-based marinas, many of which place a clear emphasis on community input and operation, highlights a hands-on, not-for-profit culture that is open to newcomers and visitors. “Atlantic Canada accounts for 10% of all the boats in Canada, and Nova Scotia has 43% of Atlantic Canada’s population,” Karbowski reveals. There are approximately 8.6 million boats in Canada (2016 statistics) with around 45% in the power and sail category. The lion’s share is in the canoe/kayak/ other category. But, as is the case in all countries, Karbowski emphasises that numbers based on licensed and registered pleasure craft are not consistent with the actual numbers of boats on the water. Visitor profiles DNS manages two marinas – Halifax Waterfront Marina in Halifax Metro and Lunenburg Marina on the South Shore – and cooperates with others. In addition to a continuous programme of upgrading shore power availability at both, DNS has recently installed additional floating docks at Halifax Waterfront. By 2020, the marina will also have three new wharfs and some additional floating docks for larger vessels. Visitor levels are increasing at both marinas (a 7% increase for 2016/18 in Halifax) with, roughly speaking, 65% of overnight reservations made by Nova Scotian boaters and 35% by visitors from outside the province. Visitors to Halifax stay for an average of four days and Lunenburg visitors two days. Power boats dominate (70%) and the majority (84%) are under 80ft (24m) in length. Although visitors are predominantly Canadian and US-American, boats also arrive from Europe and there is a noticeable rise in superyachts. The greater range of nautical visitors underscores how successful DNS has already been in spreading the word about Nova Scotia marinas. As the long term plan progresses, boating facilities look set to be gently expanded and updated, while continuing to offer unspoilt charm and the warmest of welcomes in a region of great natural beauty and diverse culture. - May/June 2019 17

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