Albert County blesses us with breathtaking scenery year round, but the first snowfall truly transforms it into a magical, winter wonderland. We find peace in exploring our favourite spots and enjoying a meal in one of the few rural restaurants brave enough to remain open throughout the “off season.”
I’ve worked in tourism for several years and in all sectors (provincial at Hopewell Rocks for many years, federal at Fundy National Park and non-profit at Fundy’s Cape Enrage). I’ve personally witnessed the struggle and financial hardships of surviving unemployed winters on EI. The winter offerings in the off season are slim in rural areas. I have been challenged in finding activities and things to do, or an open restaurant or accommodations for friends, clients or media to enjoy. This is true in many of the rural communities throughout Atlantic Canada that rely on tourism as a key economic driver.