Halifax Harbour historic site gets $2 million for wharf to improve access

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WATCH: Georges Island is a historic site, but other than a few special events, it has been off limits to the public. As Jesse Thomas reports, there a now plans to open the island to the public – Aug 9, 2019

More than $2 million in government funding will be used to provide better access to an island historic site in Halifax harbour.

The money from Ottawa and Nova Scotia announced Friday is for the construction of a permanent wharf on Georges Island.

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The project also includes floating docks on each side of the wharf in order to provide safe public access for tour boats, water taxis, and recreational boats.

The federal government is providing an additional $1.6 million for the Georges Island National Historic Site to support new visitor experiences informing people about the island’s history and connection to local Mi’kmaq and the province’s Acadians.

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Located near the mouth of the harbour, the small island was fortified by the British military in 1750 and served as detention centre during the deportation of Nova Scotia’s Acadian population between 1755 and 1763.

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According to its website, Parks Canada doesn’t currently offer a visitor program but occasionally holds special events on the island.

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