North Rustico has big plans to attract visitors

Emma Childs
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North Rustico Mayor Anne Kirk has plans to repaint the local shanties with bright colours in an effort to attract more tourists to the fishing town.

New town will refurbish its landscape and services for the summer season

NORTH RUSTICO — The small town of North Rustico has some big ideas in store as the summer season approaches.

To boost its tourist appeal, the town will see some refurbishing of its services and landscape over the next year.

“We want everything to be spruced up, all around,” Mayor Anne Kirk said in an interview from her office. “So that when you come in over the hill from Cavendish, or over the hill from Charlottetown, then you come into a livened community.”

Redesigning Centennial Park, repainting worn-down shanties and creating more walkways are just a few of the motions to be put forth in this effort.

Kirk also said she’d like to see the introduction of walking tours in the summer months and new boutiques to sell Island-made goods.

The town has applied for provincial grants to support its efforts, but has yet to hear of the application status.

“With the money we get, we’ll do as much as we can,” she said. “We’re keeping optimistic.”

In any case, Kirk hopes to see the painting of shanties underway this summer, whether fueled by grants or by volunteer efforts.

Renovating the park would be put on the back burner until after Canada Day, which Kirk said attracted upwards of 15,000 visitors in 2013.

“It would be very big to start something like that now.”

 The town’s tourist season runs from May until November and sits just seven kilometres from the popular summer tourist destination of Cavendish. Despite competing economies, Kirk says the relationship between the two towns is harmonious.

Concern for the local economy was raised in 2012 when Cavendish Tourist Mart began selling liquor in Cavendish, when it had previously only been available at the P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission in North Rustico. Despite this, Kirk says the traffic at their liquor store has not been affected.

Kirk insists the rejuvenation of her town is not solely focused on the economical aspect but on creating a stronger sense of community.

“Sometimes change is hard, but in this instance I don’t think so,” she said. “Everyone’s really supportive.”

Organizations: Cavendish Tourist Mart, P.E.I. Liquor Control Commission

Geographic location: North Rustico, Cavendish, Charlottetown Centennial Park Iceland

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  • not a real town
    March 28, 2014 - 21:11

    Who's kidding anyone about the Crick? It's not a town. It's a hamlet. Someone please take away the make-believe incorporation papers, please. Until places like North Rustico, Kensington, Summerside, Charlottetown, or even PEI itself can fund all of the public works that they are building OUT OF THEIR OWN TAX REVENUE, then they aren't real. They are make-believe.

    • Scott
      March 29, 2014 - 11:14

      Sure it may not be big enough to be a town, but someone wanted to call it a town and now it is. Why does this bother you? Did you have a bad experience in Rustico? Fort Mac is also considered a hamlet and there is well over 10,000 people that live there. You cant fool me, you're not even a real islander are you?

    • Stephanie
      March 29, 2014 - 20:13

      It's very mean-spirited and unnecessary to trash towns. My understanding of how towns are funded is limited, but I do know there is a relationship between municipalities, provinces and the federal government to share the benefits of taxation and the cost of services. North Rustico, Kensington, Summerside, Charlottetown, and PEI are great places filled with great people. The do not deserve to be berated. Keep up the good work, Anne.

    • Stephanie
      March 29, 2014 - 20:16

      It's very mean-spirited and unnecessary to trash towns. My understanding of how towns are funded is limited, but I do know there is a relationship between municipalities, provinces and the federal government to share the benefits of taxation and the cost of services. North Rustico, Kensington, Summerside, Charlottetown, and PEI are great places filled with great people. The do not deserve to be berated. Keep up the good work, Anne.

    • Not a real town
      March 29, 2014 - 22:11

      Born and raised islander... But thanks so much for questioning my islandness just because I don't agree with the endless waste of tax dollars here. Obviously you are from a communist country as you seem perfectly willing to spend money that isn't yours and you see nothing wrong with that. We all know that the only reason North Rustico changed their municipal status was so they could get grants from the province and Feds which weren't available to a community. It was just for money. And you and I and 35 million other Canadians pay taxes every April 30 so grants like these get made. I say that the money Notth Rustico spends should come solely from its residents. The same goes for any other municipality or province. I'd you can't pay your own way, then you shouldn't be in that game.

  • Brian T
    March 28, 2014 - 20:37

    Promote the Bearded Skipper himself Norman Peters. See how long you can go without a lawsuit from Captain Highliner lol

  • Larry Hughes
    March 28, 2014 - 13:59

    Great job mayor Anne! A true credit to your town.