From a seven-day rug-hooking tour in Cheticamp to a living black history program in Birchtown, there are a dozen new and enhanced experiences awaiting visitors to Nova Scotia. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Rodney MacDonald announced today, Aug. 2, that $218,079 will be provided to support the development of a dozen tourism projects across the province. “Developing new or existing destinations throughout the province not only attracts visitors,” said Mr. MacDonald, “it enhances their experience in Nova Scotia. It also helps us to stay competitive in today’s tourism market.” The Pomquet Development Society in Antigonish County will receive $23,000 for its Chez Deslauriers Project. The funding will support several property enhancements at the restored Acadian home, including the creation of a trail system, an enlarged parking lot, and building of a new interpretive centre and staging area for festivals and events. “We’re very excited about the opportunities this new funding offers,” said Jackie Knocton, vice-chair, Pomquet Development Society. “By expanding our facilities, we will be able to offer more services and better accommodate our visitors.” Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens Society will receive $25,000 for the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. The funding will enable the society to enhance its interpretive services on local culture and heritage from a horticultural perspective, as well as develop new orientation materials and more accessible facilities. “These enhancements will enrich our visitors’ experiences by providing more information on our local culture and heritage in unique and innovative ways,” said Trish Fry, manager, Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. Other organizations receiving support include La Société Saint-Pierre in Inverness County — which will receive $5,000 to develop a seven-day learning vacation focused on the Cheticamp hooked rug experience — and the Black Loyalist Society in Shelburne County, which receives $4,714 to develop a script and deliver a living history program on the Life of Evan at the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre in Birchtown. “These tourism projects will help us build on our strengths and create new or enhanced experiences for visitors to the province,” said Charley Clerk, chair, Tourism Partnership Council. “The projects meet our strategic priorities and will assist the province in realizing its full potential as a world-class tourism destination.” The Tourism Development Investment Fund has invested more than $692,826 in 47 projects across Nova Scotia over the last year. Information on the Tourism Development Investment Fund is available from the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage by calling 902-424-3908 or by visiting the website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/tourism . The next deadline for applications is Sept. 9.