Provincial government funding totalling $101,439 will support the revitalization of the Iron Springs Bridge, located in St. Lawrence, and improve access to the Chambers Cove Trail Network.
Grand Bank District MHA Darin King made Monday at the Town Hall in St. Lawrence on behalf of Minister Innovation, Business and Rural Development Terry French.
Mr. French indicated in a press release Chambers Cove is the site of the 1942 ‘USS Truxtun’ and ‘USS Pollux’ shipwrecks, where residents from St. Lawrence and Lawn came to the rescue of 186 US navy men who were fighting for their lives in the vicious storm that took down both ships.
The story of their rescue, among them the late and renowned Lanier Phillips, is a significant tourism draw for the region.
Scenic touring and hiking are among the top tourist activities in St. Lawrence, with the Chambers Cove Trail being one of the most popular attractions. Funding will support revitalization of the of the Iron Springs Bridge, which will provide safe access to the Chambers Cove site, ensuring tourists can continue to enjoy the hiking trail and view the shipwreck site.
Bridge restoration and the opening of the trail system are anticipated to be complete by the beginning of the tourism season.
Mr. King praised the efforts of the town and its volunteers in promotion the tourism destination.
Mayor Paul Pike suggested “This project will certainly enhance Chambers Cove Trail and make it a world-class destination for tourists visiting our region. This project clearly shows what can be accomplished through partnerships.”
The town’s residents have established a strong connection with the US Navy, having received numerous acknowledgments, the most significant being the establishment of the US Memorial hospital, funded by the American government in 1954.
The Chambers Cove Trail is promoted by the Town of St. Lawrence, as well as the Heritage Run Tourism Association.