BADDECK, N.S. — The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia have announced $36 million in spending to upgrade 22 kilometres of the province’s scenic Cabot Trail parkway.
On hand in Baddeck, N.S. for the April 20 announcement were Mark Eyking, member of parliament for Sydney‒Victoria, on behalf of Amarjeet Sohi, the federal minister of infrastructure and communities, and Geoff MacLellan, minister of the Nova Scotia department of transportation and infrastructure renewal.
Road upgrades are planned for four distinct sections of Trunk 30 on the Eastern edge of Cape Breton Island, with new paved shoulders to better accommodate pedestrians and cyclists.
The federal media statement indicated the upgrades to one of Nova Scotia's major highways and significant tourist destinations will significantly improve road conditions and increase public safety.
The Cape Breton Highlands National Park receives approximately 400,000 visitors annually. The Government of Canada is contributing approximately $11.2 million to this project under the Small Communities Fund. The province of Nova Scotia is providing $24.8 million.
"The Cabot Trail is considered one of the world's most scenic destinations attracting thousands of visitors to Nova Scotia. It's a key contributor to the province's tourism industry and economy. Today's provincial and federal investment will not only make the Cabot Trail safer, it will help contribute to long-term growth and prosperity, especially for tourism," said MacLellan in the statement.