Heron Island Today
Being the last person born of Heron Island, I am very interested in what is happening to it today. I wrote to the Minister of Culture and Recreation in New Brunswick last year, on my birthday.
"In 1987, Mr Gilles Sousy, an independent developer, submitted a request to the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Heritage for permission to undertake a development study for Heron Island. Permission was granted in January, 1988 with the main provisos stipulating the Province of New Brunswick would not be obligated to participate in financing the study nor would it be obligated to implement any recommendations resulting from the study.
2) The Central Pavilion and "plaza" Situated close to the main access point to the island, the "plaza" would encompass a central pavilion representing Canada, New Brunswick and Quebec, a tourist information centre for all the activities taking place on the island and conference rooms for conventions and business meetings.
3) The studio "You're the Star" Adjacent to the plaza, a complete video studio would allow for the public to create their own video-clips and would operate on a reservation basis. Added to this studio would be a state-of- the-art I-Max movie theatre using a very large screen.
4) The Ornithological Centre and Bird Sanctuary The species of birds and the natural setting would be put to good use at the Ornithological Centre. The available equipment would attract amateur bird watchers while providing for an exchange network between other centres such as that of Bonaventure Island in Perce, Quebec and l'ile d'Ouessant in France. Part of the island would be exclusively reserved as a bird sanctuary, where there are presently colonies of Cormorants, Herons and other species.
5) Autochthonous Craft Centre A centre where the history and culture of the native people from the Chaleur Bay would be displayed. Indian and inuit artifacts from other countries would also be displayed.
6) Nature Paths A network of paths and trails would be created to allow visitors to discover all aspects of the island, beaches, fishing, observation of the faun,(?) geological formations and look-out points.
7) Camping Short term camping would be available on the western portion of the island in close proximity to the recreational and beach areas.
8) Golf An 18 hole golf course at the centre of the island would also include a pro shop, dining room, bar, lockers and showers.
9) Marina, main wharf and touring boat A fifty berth marina would be situated eat of the old wharf. This marina could accommodate boating enthusiasts for short stays or several days. Close to the marina would be situated the main wharf where arrivals and departures would take place to and from the island on a public shuttle as well as a touring boat that could accommodate one hundred passengers and depart for two hour excursions in the Chaleur Bay.
10) Total Health and Fitness Centre A fitness complex that would be ideal for a growing health spa vacation market. The facilities would include modern fitness equipment, tennis courts, a fitness and running track, a salt water pool and hot tub. The restaurant would have the flexibility to accommodate a variety of dietary menus.
Access to the island would be via a passenger only shuttle service from the mainland, where appropriate parking facilities would be available for tourists using their automobiles. The Charlo airport would service all interprovincial tourists with a helicopter shuttle service to the island.
So, that was the plan for Heron Island. (Do you believe this?) Bear
in mind the small size of the island, and the amount of stuff that they
plan to put on it.
What a sad ending to what was once home to families, self-sufficient and courageous, and birds and animals, living in perfect harmony with nature.
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