Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores

Posted at 3:37 pm on March 9, 2018

The tourism industry wants to be ready for when Antigonish hosts the 2018 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games from July 31st to August 4th.
The event is expected to attract more than 3,000 spectators, more than 1,000 athletes,  over 400 coaching staff, officials and mission staff and about 600 volunteers.
Cindy MacKinnon of Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores says it’s organizing a series of information sessions over the next several months it calls, “Are We Ready”.
The sessions are open to local businesses and the general public, covering such topics as Be an Ambassador, Know Your Community and its Product, Aesthetics and Visual Identity and Know your Athletes and Learn about the event.  To register your seat at these sessions, email

Posted at 12:50 pm on April 7, 2017

The tourism marketing organization Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores honoured its best at an awards gala in New Glasgow last night.  The Marketing Award, recognizing a business or attraction that has made an impact on local tourism was handed to Sober Island Brewing Company of Sheet Harbour.   The Mike Bloomfield Rising Star Award winner was Peace by Chocolate of Antigonish.
The Flavour Award, to a food and beverage business that has made an impact on creating an experience for the visitor was presented to Antigonish restaurant Main Street Cafe.  The Chief Experience Opportunity Award, recognizing leadership, achievement and community involvement in tourism and culture was the Northumberland Fisheries Museum in Pictou.  Named as co-winners of the Festival and Events Award was Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre and Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas.  The Fleur Mainville Ambassador Award  winner is the Director of Marketing and Communications with the Town of New Glasgow, Kimberly Dickson.
The Chairperson Award of Excellence recognizing a person or business that has an impact on the tourism industry was presented to Ann Emmett and  Sobeys.