By John Francis
A group of Bruce County’s movers and shakers gathered at Cape Croker Park for the launch of a new initiative to foster sustainable tourism on the Bruce Peninsula. In attendance were South Bruce Peninsula Mayor Janet Jackson, MPP Bill Walker, Christopher Mercanti, Bruce Power, Chippewas of Nawash Chief Greg Nadjiwon, Northern Bruce Peninsula Mayor Milt McIver and Jill Roote of Bruce County.
The initiative, The Bruce County Tourism Innovation Lab, aka the SPARK program, aims to foster new approaches to sustainable tourism by offering grants, mentorship and technical support to budding entrepreneurs. The sponsors hope the program will find ways to engage and amuse the ever-changing visitor demographic.
Four information sessions are planned, two in Northern Bruce Peninsula and two in South Bruce Peninsula. Pre-registration is encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. The NBP dates are Thursday July 18 from 5:00 to 6:00PM at the Community Centre (arena) in Lion’s Head and Wednesday, August 14 from 5:00PM to 6:00PM at the Meeting Place in Tobermory.
The deadline for grant applications is September 9, 2019. For more information, visit www.tourisminnovation.ca/Bruce (also see ad page 14).
The SPARK program is a partnership between Bruce County, the Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab, Bruce Power, The Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula, The Municipality of South Bruce Peninsula and Regional Tourism Organization 7.