On October 15th, another season came to an end for the St. Peter’s Visitor Information Centre. This season, off to a slower than usual start, saw fewer visitors during June and July. It did not take long to get back on track when summer temperatures finally arrived with the start of August and into September. There are always so many factors to take into consideration when looking at why the season unfolds the way it does; the untraditionally cold wet start to the season, the economic situation in the US and Europe , the high price of gas, and the high Canadian dollar. But it is nice to see that, in the end, the season turned our reasonably well. Numbers were down marginally but not a bad season at all.
Now that the tourism season is over, we can again start planning for the upcoming season and there are already meetings scheduled for the Saltscapes Travel Expo in Halifax next spring. Even with the closer of the St. Peter’s VIC, advertising of events will continue in order to bring as much attention to the area as possible. I will continue to update our events on the Tourism Spotlight Blog and in my columns, so if you have community events coming up please email me and I will be happy to add them to our list. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org and to check the events on-line please go to tourismspotlight.blogspot.com for an up to date line up of events taking place in Richmond County, as well as the rest of Cape Breton.
For events taking place in Richmond, Thursday, October 20th the Kitchen Party at the River Bourgeois Seniors 50+ Club will take place from 7-9pm. This event will run every second Thursday evening during the winter months. Monday October 24th, there will be a Lasagna Dinner served from 11am to 1pm at La Picasse in Arichat. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased in advance at La Picasse or by calling 226-0149. On October 29th & 30th, come to a Halloween Haunted House at the Tara Lynne Center in River Bourgeois from 7-10pm. Admission is $3.00 a person. Also on Sunday October 30th, La Picasse will be holding a Giant 45’s Card Play at 2pm. Admission is $10.00 with prizes of $300.00, $200.00 and $100.00, as well as door prizes. Advance tickets are being sold at La Picasse.