Borden-Carleton residents share their tourism strategy ideas

About 65 people attended a public meeting in Borden-Carleton last night, looking at ways to attract people to the town, instead of just driving through.

Group is looking for ways to get visitors driving through the town, to stay a while

Borden-Carleton is the first place people enter when they come off the Confederation Bridge. (CBC)

About 65 people attended a public meeting in Borden-Carleton Tuesday night, looking at ways to attract people to the town, instead of just driving through on their way on and off the Island.

The meeting was held by the Strategic Tourism Expansion Program. Co-chair Jeannette Arsenault said she was pleasantly surprised by the turnout.

Residents shared their ideas

"I think they are really excited about having a new strategy in the area for tourism development. A lot of people came out and they were all talking and they were on board so that was good news."

Arsenault currently lives in Summerside but she lived in Borden-Carleton for about 12 years and still works there. 

Jeannette Arsenault is pleased the residents of Borden-Carleton were engaged in the discussion. (CBC)

Booths were set up around the room and residents had the chance to speak with committee members, then write their own ideas down and leave them.

Arsenault explained some of the objectives included trying to come up with new year-round services, enhancing the lives of the residents of the town, and coming up with new branding.

Arsenault's booth was promoting year-round services in the community, and some of the ideas people put forward were having a year-round restaurant that could accommodate big groups for events like birthdays or reunions, and having a marina at the wharf.

The program is hoping to have people see the town as a tourist destination, not just a place to stop through on your way on or off the Island. (CBC)

A consultant is looking over the ideas from the community, and the committee will meet again in about a month.

The group also has a trade mission planned to visit a town that has made similar changes, to see how it went.

There will be another public meeting in the spring.