Home of the new $11 million Bayside Travel Centre, a highway showcase development serving the busy Atlantic Canada trucking corridor and tourist traffic to and from scenic Cape Breton. Located at Exit 36-B on the Trans-Canada Highway #104. Amenities include diesel cardlock service, truckers’ lounge, Esso retail gasoline, Band-owned convenience store, two quick-service restaurants, a Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation agency store, a Band-owned entertainment centre with provincially-licensed video lottery terminals and a visitor information centre with cultural displays. And did we mention FREE high-speed WiFi?
The name Paqtnkek, meaning “by the bay”, is a distinction emphasizing the historic importance of the local bay and its resources to the Mi’kmaw people.
Bayside Development Corporation Limited was incorporated under the laws of Nova Scotia on March 5, 2018 to function as the business arm of Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation.
The corporation is governed by a board of directors, currently comprised of Paqtnkek’s Chief and Council. Day-to-day operations are managed by a Chief Executive Officer with support from professional staff.
Bayside’s shares are held in trust for the benefit of Paqtnkek; however, Bayside is a separate legal entity that is not a part of the Band or its governance. It is its own entity, with its own reporting structure. CEO Rose Paul reports to the board of directors, which is currently chaired by Chief Paul (PJ) Prosper.
The board of directors and chair are subject to change from time to time as the organization develops.