Newly-launched website helping Cape Bretoners get active
Published Sunday, June 18, 2017 12:46PM ADT
A new website launched in Cape Breton is aiming to be a one-stop shop for anyone looking to get social and active.
Cape Breton Connect is a database of everything that can be done outside, from one end of the island to the other.
“The idea is to get everything in one place,” says Cape Breton Regional physical activity consultant Wayne McKay. “Stuff that's going to appeal to tourists, but more importantly stuff that's going to appeal to locals."
The website been launched by Nova Scotia’s Department of Community Services in partnership with Cape Breton’s five municipalities and First Nations communities.
"With all the trail networks we have throughout the island, with all the sporting activities, all the events and festivals, to have that on one site that people can access very easily, I think it's a tremendous opportunity for our people to move about the island and explore," says Cape Breton Deputy Mayor Eldon MacDonald.
First Nations leaders hope they will see more people from outside their communities come to events like pow wows, along with encouraging more healthy, active living at home.
"I think this particular website, in my own community in particular, they will have access on what's coming up next. Social media is a big tool to use. This is just an awesome avenue for us to promote what's coming next," says Eskasoni sports recreation director Levi Denny.
The goal of the website is to get more people outdoors and active, especially at recreation facilities that are underused.
"One of the things we hear from people all the time is, 'we don't know where things are. We don't know how to find things,' so that's what this system is all about" says Wayne McKay.
Visitors are encouraged to suggest activities and events to be added to the website.
"It's going to get more attention to what's happening in communities and it’s going to bring more people out," says McKay.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Ryan MacDonald