CAPE RAY, NL – Usually Cape Ray sees a fair amount of tourism from travellers waiting to board Marine Atlantic says Coun. Anne Osmond.
“People have more time then. They come visit our museum, learn about the Table Mountain history, check out the Dorset site.”
The town is rich with history.
It was once the terminus for the overland portion of the transatlantic telegraph cable laid in 1856. The Cape Ray lighthouse is historically significant as a telegraph station, a Marconi wireless station and a recognized archeological site. And in 1966 a number of Dorset paleo-Inuit arrowheads were found near the lighthouse.
The community also boasts scenic natural wonders such as the sand dunes along Cape Ray Beach, a rare nesting ground for the endangered piping plover.
Osmond expects August’s come home year to give the town a bump in tourism. She says increased tourism would make a big difference for the southwest coast and bring in a lot of revenue.
“We have a lot to offer on the whole southwest coast.”
Tyler Olsen, chair of the seven-member Come Home Year committee, agrees.
“If you have a couple hundred people come back home it will definitely make an impact. People will go and visit all the attractions with their families. Whole families will make a vacation out of it.”
Cape Ray Come Home Year is scheduled for August 3 – 11. The planning committee expects up to 200 people to attend the small community of 300.
Some of the planned activities include live entertainment, activities for children, face painting, breakfast, a picnic by the lighthouse, family reunion day, and a parade.
“We are still working on the full schedule but there will be something on the go every day,” promised Olsen.
This will be Cape Ray’s second come home year in 11 years.
"Lots of people have been gone so many years," Olsen said. "It’s nice to get everyone home.”