Seacoasts – Coastal Tourism

Mission Theme

Seacoasts – Coastal Tourism


Date:            Oct 25 – 30, 2015

Costs:          Estimated Costs – Seacoasts Sheet1

Location:    Maine, USA


For over 100 years visitors to Atlantic Canada have been drawn to our unique seacoasts.  Home to incredible natural assets and rich cultural traditions the sea is what sustains much our tourism industry in the region.    During this mission participants will be exposed to one of the most visited seacoasts in North America.  The Gulf of Maine is a truly unique part of Maine, with its rugged coastline and rich maritime history. Visitors to the region will find rustic fishing villages, lighthouses and long, sandy beaches; a wealth of museums and historic architecture – and a vibrant art scene with theatre, dance and rich and delectable food experiences.

On this mission we will be exploring community and economic development efforts along the Gulf of Maine with a special emphasis on the cultural, natural and environmental impacts of coastal tourism.  The communities we will experience:

  • St. Andrews by the Sea – St. Andrews, NB – Canada’s first resort town
  • Booth Bay Harbour, Maine – Referred to as the soul of the seacoast
  • Rockland, Maine – Rich Fishing and Tourism Tradition
  • Bar Harbor, Maine – Mt. Desert Island and Acadia National Park second most visited National Park in USA
  • Campobello Island, NB – Home of Roosevelt Campobello International Park

 Target Participants

Resort Managers, Accommodation Owners, Tour Operators, Economic/Tourism Development Officers and Regional Development Corporations, DMO Managers, Adventure Operators, Attraction Operators and Festival and Event Managers.

Travel Note

There is a flying restriction to those attending from NB, NS and PEI.  As we will be starting the mission and ending the mission in St. Andrews, NB we encourage car pooling where appropriate.  GMCA will reimburse 50% of all gas receipts incurred for travel to and from St. andrews, NB.  Please contact us directly if you have questions regarding travel to and from St. Andrews, NB.

Sea Coasts – Coastal Tourism Learning Objectives

  • To visit destinations that highlight the natural and cultural treasures of the seacoast
  • To learn how to enhance your own operations through first hand experiences in world class seacoast experiences
  • Learn how to package and cluster experiences/products along the seacoast
  • To understand the importance of knowing your market – who will you sell to and how to sell to them
  • Learn the importance of seacoast access – creating opportunities for visitors to connect with the sea
  • Importance of interpretation of local history and culture
  • Role of trails in providing access to coast lines
  • Importance of environmental efforts to protect the fragile coastal environments.
  • Learn how to involve tourists/consumers in your local traditions


Day 1, Oct 25, 2015 – St. Andrews by the Sea, St. Andrews, NB – Algonquin Hotel

Day 2, Oct 26, 2015 – St. Andrews – Booth Bay Harbor, Maine, USA – Tugboat Inn

Day 3, Oct 27, 2015 – Booth Bay Harbor – Rockland – Bar Harbor, Maine – Bar Harbor Grand Hotel

Day 4, Oct 28, 2015 – Bar Harbor – Mt. Desert Island (Acadia National Park) – Bar Harbor Grand Hotel

Day 5, Oct 29, 2015 – Bar Harbor – Campobello, NB – St. Andrews, NB – Algonquin Hotel

Day 6, Oct 30, 2015 – Depart for Home Destinations

A detailed itinerary will be posted for this mission in the next few weeks!