Summer Guide Cape Cod

Summer Guide Cape Cod 2018

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www.summerguidecapecod.com 45 By Jessica Bettencourt As a lifelong resident of Bourne, Marie Oliva is proud to have lived in the town her whole life and; if you ask her, she wouldn't move anywhere else. Today, Oliva is the president and CEO of the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce. "Bourne is made up of eight villages, each with its own character and diversity," she explained. "As a small town, we have the advantage of being a community-based area with plenty of shoreline for boating and swimming. I'm happy to reside here!" Visiting the Cape Cod Canal As one of the first towns visitors pass through when traveling to the Cape on Route 3 or Route 495, Bourne's villages are filled with attractions worthy of a pit stop. One of the primary attrac- tions to see in Bourne is the Cape Cod Canal, a waterway connecting Buzzards Bay in Bourne and Cape Cod Bay. Each year, more than three million tourists visit the Cape Cod Canal. "Bourne has a wide variety of distinctive attrac- tions for visitors and residents, especially the Cape Cod Canal, built during the Great Depression," added Oliva. While on the Canal, you'll find families of all ages walking, biking and skating through more than seven miles of scenic views. The landscape is ideal for boating, fishing, birdwatching and a seaside picnic. Many visitors also set up chairs and spend time watching various marine boats float by on the waterway, including tankers, yachts and cruise ships. Throughout the summer months, vari- ous recreational activities take place on the Canal. Information can be found at the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce's Visitor Center, 1 Meetinghouse Lane, Sagamore Beach 774-413- 7475, the Buzzards Bay Information Center, 70 Main Street, Buzzards Bay 508-759-6000 or at the Army Corps of Engineers Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center, 60 Ed Moffitt Drive in Sandwich 508-833-9678. The Bustle of Buzzards Bay One of the top summer events to attend is the 2018 Concerts by the Canal series, held in the newly renovated Buzzards Bay Park on 70 Main Street. The free concerts take place on Thursday evenings in July and August, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Be sure to bring a blanket and lawn chair for a spectacular summer night. Music will vary in genre each week, from funk, jazz and pop to oldies and country folk. While at Buzzards Bay Park, enjoy the new look and feel of one of Bourne's primary recreation ar- eas, which was renovated this past winter. The park now has two play areas for children of vary- ing ages, as well as exercise equipment for adults. The play areas include rocks to climb on, wooden Bourne's Bountiful Summer Attractions Toby Island View Photo courtesy of Cape Cod Kayak The 2018 Concerts by the Canal series will take place in the newly renovated Buzzards Bay Park on Thursday evenings in July and August. Concerts are free for visitors of all ages! Photo courtesy of the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce

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