Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Tourism in Richmond County

It is promising to see Cape Breton continue to create attention about all the island has to offer. This time the focus is drawn to our islands surfing location Point Michaud Beach, located on the Fleur de Lis Trail. Michelle Richards, professional surfer and Surf Instructor for the Richmond County Recreational Department’s Summer Surf Program at Point Michaud, as well as the organizer for the Point Michaud Surf Classic & Expo, won 1st place and $300 from in their Regional Surf Competition. In this competition, worldwide submissions describing local surf break were received and reviewed. Finally they selected Richards' description about Point Michaud Beach. Runner ups in the competition were: Jack Heckerman - Japan (Okinawa) , Oliver Treetz - Taiwan (North Coast), Giovanni Mancuso - Brazil (Rio Grande Do Sul), Chip Bissell - Mexico (Baja Sur), Salvador Jimenez de la Nuez - Spain (Gran Canaria). The new surf region pages will be available soon on Surf Report, Surf Forecast, This promotion of our area's surfing is sure to draw surfers from around our country and beyond to our area to try our surf for themselves.

This was definitely the great period for Point Michaud Surfing to draw attention to our area. This information came to me from Richards’ Facebook page Surf Point Michaud which is very popular with surfers across Canada and the US. Richards posted: "Surf's Up at Point Michaud", by Daniel Bonner. The article can be found on page 8 of Sport Nova Scotia's quarterly newsletter. The Sport Quarterly, highlights issues in our sport community, local sport participants and organizers who are worthy of recognition, and programs that are working to improve Nova Scotia's sport system."

On the entertainment scene: On Saturday January 21st, there will be a Pub & Trivia Night at The Tara Lynne Community Centre in River Bourgeois starting at 8pm. The Richmond County Winter Festival will begin January 23rd and run until February 26th. Some of the events include Farm Tales Reading Circles, this is a 12 week program will begin mid-January and is sponsored by the Richmond Literacy Network for more information contact Sarah Nettleton at 226-0383. On Sunday, January 22nd from 1:30pm until 3:30pm Storytelling at the Park will take place at the Lennox Passage Provincial Park in Martinique for information contact Marg Herdman at 226-2440. Center La Picasse in Petit de Grat will host a kids dance for ages 12 and under from 6:30pm until 8:30pm and a Teen dance from 9pm until 11pm on January 25th. For more information contact Dora at 226-0149. A Soup Luncheon will take place at the Fourchu Community Hall on January 28 from 11am until 1pm. Until next week, have fun exploring Richmond.

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