Miawpukek First Nation completes purchase of Bishop’s Falls motel

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The Exploits River Motel is under new ownership.

This is after the Miawpukek First Nation completed its purchase of the central Newfoundland hotel and the adjacent land. The final sale took place on Jan. 20.

The hotel has 24 rooms and a full-service restaurant.

“The purchase of the Exploits River Motel is an exciting step in the right direction for Miawpukek First Nation as it relates to economic development,” Miawpukek First Nation’s Chief Misel Joe said in a prepared statement.

The Exploits River Motel is a key acquisition for the Conne River-based first nation as it is located on the corner of the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway and the Bay d’Espoir Highway.

That intersection serves as the gateway to the Coast of Bays, where the Miawpukek First Nation is located.

The motel purchase is the first step a multi-year strategy tourism strategy being developed by the band in an effort to attract more tourists to the Coast of Bays area

“Exploits River Motel will factor heavily in this tourism development strategy,” said Joe.

In the months to come, Miawpukek will upgrade the motel and start operating it on a year-round basis.

Not only does the Conne River band have plans for the hotel, but there are also plans for the land on which the hotel sits and the adjacent property.

Miawpukek plans to enter tripartite discussions with the province and the federal government on making the land a federal Reserve land through an Additions to Reserve Process.

Nicholas Mercer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Central Voice