August 6, 2020 – Situated in the heart of the Port of Halifax lies Georges Island, a national historic site that reflects the rich and varied heritage of Canada.
Today MP Andy Fillmore, MLA Geoff MacLellan and Develop Nova Scotia’s Jennifer Angel announced that for the first time in generations, Georges Island will be partially opened to visitors starting on August 8, 2020.
This announcement was made possible by the completion of a new wharf, jointly funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia, through Develop Nova Scotia and Tourism Nova Scotia. The wharf provides a gateway to this unique historical and cultural attraction, enhancing Halifax for residents and visitors.
The marine infrastructure project, overseen by Develop Nova Scotia, to enable access to Georges Island is complete, with some additional work being finalized on the island. The project includes a new 150′ x 20’ wharf, and gangways designed for improved island access. Floating docks on each side will support safe public access by tour boats, water taxis, and recreational boats in the future, as part of Develop Nova Scotia’s growing marine visitation program.
Visitor access to Georges Island will be provided by Ambassatours Gray Line; the boat tour company that was recently awarded the contract, through a competitive process led by Develop Nova Scotia.
This new tourism opportunity will support local economic COVID-19 recovery efforts in the Halifax region. By providing access to Georges Island, Parks Canada is providing visitors with an opportunity to connect with Atlantic Canada’s rich and complex history.