Tours: These site tours, sponsored by the Regional Economic Development
Boards and the Marine Institute, are all day excursions, designed to
showcase projects, services and enterprises and to promote regional
networking. Lunch is included. It is recommended delegates dress
comfortably and be prepared for outdoor stops. Please indicate your
first, second and third choice of tour on the registration form.
M-RON: Agriculture has been identified as one of four
cornerstone industries on the Baccalieu Trail which includes over
200 farm operations that generate $20 million in sales annually.
This tour includes visits to two farms (Spruce Hill Farm and Salmon
Cove) that are experimenting with new crops, new products and new
ways of raising farmers. Tourists will also inspect the food
production facilities at the Carbonear campus of the College of the
North Atlantic and break bread with individuals developing such
ventures as a farmers co-op market, high school green house crops,
and a provincial Centre of Excellence in Agriculture.
Tour Guide: Ms. Kathi Stacey
Irish Loop: Known for its beauty and brogue, the
communities on these two Shores have a knack for turning lost
artifacts into new opportunities. This tour takes you to the Fr.
Val Power Centre - once an elementary school that now educates
young and old, then on to the Trepassey Generations Together Centre
– where young and old exchange old and new skills, and forward to
the Colony of Avalon where they are teaching history to the world.
Tour Guide: To be announced
Avalon Gateway: Given the media attention on mega-project
proposals for the area, one could overlook the significance of the
daily development work carried out by community groups. This tour
takes visitors to the Markland Cottage Winery and to Placentia to
visit the Lions Manor Nursing Home, the P4 Youth Club and to see what a
donation by Sun Microsystems of Canada of state of the art
computers and servers means to local educators.
Tour Guide: To be announced
The capital city has been
described as a collection of distinct communities. This tour takes
tourists to three such places; Mill Lane Enterprises - where "waste
not, want not" is more than a proverb and good mental health is
promoted through job creation; the MacMorran Community Centre,
located in a public housing estate, where tenants have taken
control of their future; and Bell Island, where community
co-operation is producing impressive results.
Tour Guide: To be Announced
This special interest tour includes visits
to the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources (the flume tank),
the Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development, the Centre for
Marine Simulation and to the Offshore Safety & Survival Centre in
Registration limited to 25 participants.
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