CNN to report from Cape Breton during Super Tuesday coverage
Published Monday, February 29, 2016 7:27PM AST
A snapshot of life on Cape Breton will soon be on one of the world’s largest television networks.
Cape Breton tourism officials have been working with CNN for the last week to organize a broadcast.
"This is real in the sense that Cape Breton Island has piqued the interest of hundreds of thousands of people," said Mary Tulle, CEO of Destination Cape Breton.
That interest is growing thanks to the viral “Cape Breton if Trump Wins” website. The CNN crews will be on the island on Tuesday as part of its Super Tuesday broadcasts.
The day will start by profiling Cape Bretoners.
"They really want to get a sense of the locals,” said Tulle. “Who are we as a people and what is it that our lifestyle is all about?"
The plan for the afternoon is to hit some of the island's most scenic places.
"We'll see if there's an opportunity to see some of our gorgeous scenery, whether it's at the top of skyline, or Fortress of Louisbourg," said Tulle.
"I think it's great,” said Cape Breton resident Patricia Gouthro. “It's great publicity and they will be unearthing the truth."
Website creater Rob Calabrese says seeing CNN on the island will be a surreal moment.
"Many people in the United States have never heard of us, but when they look and see what it's like here, a lot of people would think, 'Do you know what? That lifestyle might be for me,'" said Calabrese.
With another day of temperatures above the freezing mark in the forecast, the CNN crew will get a true dose of island hospitality.
"If they want to come visit us, I have one word - it's ‘yes,’ followed by, 'absolutely, what do you need?'" said Tulle.
There is no word yet on when the story will air during CNN’s Super Tuesday coverage, but Tulle is hoping it will be in the evening.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Ryan MacDonald.
A screenshot from the home page of the "Cape Breton If Donald Trump Wins" website created by Rob Calabrese .