Friends from Membertou and Eskasoni First Nations are turning a Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, campground into an indigenous-owned camping and RV park, CBC News reported.

The former Englishtown Ridge Campground, which sits near the entrance to the Cabot Trail, is now known as the Kluskap Ridge RV and Campground.

Six friends are behind the move: Rosemarie and Austin Christmas, Darrell and Sharon Bernard, and Tim and Amanda Jesty. They bought the campground with a personal investment and funding from Ulnooweg Development Group, which provides loans to Indigenous entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada.

The group says it started with a picnic-table conversation about how hard it was to find campsites where they could all park their trailers beside each other. Amanda Jesty jokingly suggested their build their own campground and the idea took off.

“The house we purchased for $250,000 and the campground we purchased for $280,000,” said Rosemarie Christmas. “This year, we plan to have 49 hook-up sites, 30 tent sites, two teepees, a cabin and two vacation rentals.”

The park will add RVs next year.

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