KEPPOCH MOUNTAIN: On October 16, Sean Fraser, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, announced two contributions totaling $99,290, through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP150), for recreational projects in Antigonish County.

An $88,900 non-repayable contribution will support the Positive Action for the Keppoch Society as it completes improvements to existing outdoor park infrastructure at Keppoch Mountain, including the addition of change rooms, covered rest areas and washrooms; the expansion of existing trails; and, improved signage. This investment enhances the public’s ability to enjoy active living in the outdoors through mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, coasting, festivals and more.

“Keppoch Mountain has always been a bright beacon of community cooperation and cohesion,” said Mary Coyle, vice-president, Positive Action for Keppoch Society.

“This outstanding contribution by the Government of Canada, announced today, is generously matched by our own local community. Through this exemplary partnership, we will continue on our bold quest to make Keppoch Mountain a leader in outdoor recreation, health promotion, environmental stewardship, community and economic development and accessibility.”

Additional support for the project includes $77,930 from the Municipality of the County of Antigonish, $7,000 from the Antigonish Kinsmen Club and $4,000 from Antigonish Medical Associates Inc.

A $10,390 non-repayable contribution will also support the Mini-Trail Community Centre Association as it performs efficiency upgrades to the Centre, including the installation of energy efficient heat pumps for supplementary heating and air conditioning. This investment supports the community in adopting modern, efficient heating and cooling technology, which will reduce the operational costs and environmental footprint of its community centre. The facility is the only community centre in the area and hosts training sessions, wellness activities, weddings, and special events for community members.

“Not only will this investment bring modern, efficient heating and cooling to our centre and reduce our environmental footprint, but we are certain that this initiative will help make the Mini-Trail a Centre of choice for local events and an even stronger gathering place in our community, along the sunrise trail and throughout Antigonish town and county,” said the chair of the Mini-Trail Community Centre Association, Elaine Robertson.

The Mini-Trail Community Centre Association is contributing $10,390 to this project.