Remedial Tourism: Cultivating Rural Sustainability Through Community Directed Industry
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This thesis originated as a response to the persisting collapse of various industries across the Island of Newfoundland, and its impact on rural communities. Given the ongoing threat of resettlement, many outport areas have begun developing new programs that attempt to profit from the island’s growing tourism industry. Despite the economic benefits, tourism has been shown to produce varying degrees of degrading effects on local resources and cultural values. Using the post-production logging town of Terra Nova as the site of application, this thesis takes stock of regional resources, local knowledge, and community values to develop productive community and tourism-based programs. Recognizing cottage owners as both a valuable tourist population and part time resident allows for the introduction of small-scale industry rooted in sustainable resource extraction and development. Tourism becomes a mechanism to promote the continuation of local building, culinary, and textile practices that fosters future development and rural wellbeing.