The Bayside Travel Centre at Exit 36-B on the Trans-Canada Highway is our first development on lands that were designated for commercial development in a community vote on June 7, 2018. Of the 196 community members who cast ballots, 192 voted in favour. There were only two votes opposed. One other ballot was rejected; another was spoiled.
The $11 million travel centre takes advantage of a new $13.5 million interchange that opens access to southside reserve lands that were severed when the highway was built through the reserve in the 1960s. Our anchor tenants, Wilsons Fuels (Esso) and Husky will provide retail gas and cardlock diesel service. The Band will own and operate a convenience store and a new Entertainment centre with video lottery terminals open to the public. The store will also include a Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation agency store, the first one to be located in a Mi’kmaq community in Nova Scotia.
Two quick-serve restaurants will serve the traveling public and long-haul truckers heading to and from Cape Breton Island and Newfoundland & Labrador. There is also a comfortable truckers’ lounge with showers, free high-speed WiFi service, a tourist information centre and space for Mi’kmaw craft kiosks.