Skerwink Trail shines at the recent Tourism Southwest AGM event

Published on : Friday, November 10, 2017

Tourism Southwest organizedAt the Hotel Port aux Basques, Tourism Southwest organized its annual general meeting on Tuesday.

Credit goes to the levy fee, an optional tourism charge levied by participating hoteliers. The organization financed $126,000 worth of projects in the last couple of years. President Scott Ryan mentioned that the demand exceeded its ability to finance.

One of the projects comprises buying a brush cutter to develop its walking trails lying between Bay St. George and Port aux Basques.

John Vivian, the guest speaker, who assisted on building the Skerwink Trail as an important destination walking trail explained the twenty year endeavor and resulting growth in terms of economy to Port Rexton, a town of about 350 without any pause.

Five years back, the trail had only 11,000 visits. This increased to 32,000 in the past year. “That’s a lot of spin off,” said Vivian, who thinks that walking trails in the southwest coast region are already well established.

Vivian highlighted that the Wreckhouse is already quite a well-known place within the province and further. He suggests building a trail called the Wreckhouse Trail, and simultaneously utilizing it as the linchpin of coastal trail network.

Vivian defined a step-by-step guide on the basis of his experience with the Skerwink Trail, which Travel & Leisure Magazine has positioned as one of the top 35 in North America and Europe.

Most significant among them was requesting travel writers to review the trail system in the region. “Travel writers are the ones who are going to put you on the map,” advised Vivian, who says mention of the trail and Port Rexton once appeared in The London Times.


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