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"Caledonia Park" Scottish Heritage Centre.
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Dear friend, my vision is to recreate a little piece of Scotland right here in British Columbia. "Caledonia Park" will feature much of what makes Scotland a unique tourist attraction, celebrating the history, heritage and culture of a great nation. More ...
It was three years ago that I made my decision to leave my Scottish homeland and set off to British Columbia to start a new life. An engineer with twenty-five years’ experience in the trade, I closed my business, sold my home, packed everything up and boarded a plane with my Canadian partner, intent on achieving great things in my new adopted country.

I am passionate about my home nation's rich and colourful history and heritage, and daily I watch as our culture is besmirched and ridiculed in today's fairly shallow media. So it seems obvious, to me at least, what needs doing!

My dream is to set up the North American continent’s first ‘Scottish Heritage Park’... a unique visitor attraction that could become a major feature of BC's, if not the North American continent's, tourism industry.

So, along with the proceeds from the sale of my property in the UK, and your help here on Fundrazr, I hope to kick-start my venture albeit on a grass-roots scale, but with great ambitions for extensive further development.

My vision is of the creation of “Caledonia Park” Scottish Heritage Centre, a pleasant country park space with a visitor centre. A place for local people and visitors to enjoy a maintained open space for picnics and countless special occasions, but with a number of very unique features…

Dotted across the parkland would be a large number of authentic artefacts, buildings, monuments and other structures that one would expect to encounter if on an extensive guided-tour of Scotland. The landscape itself would be laid to reflect the many facets of the Scottish countryside, from rolling grassland to heather moor, deciduous woodland and heath, even a small Scottish 'loch' with resident monster! The centre piece of the park would be the Heritage Centre, complete with museum, conference suite, function rooms, restaurant, authentic Scottish pub and much, much more.

The idea was to bring a taste of Scotland to North America, to allow those who might not otherwise be able to visit their ancestral home an opportunity to learn all about their history, to celebrate the rich heritage and engage in the cultural nuances that make Scotland one of the world’s best tourist destinations.

The park could also be an educational facility, a place for students to learn about the heroic battles, philosophical triumphs, artistic and architectural wonders, the engineering, scientific and medical developments, as well as the tragedies and trials of Scotland’s rich and colourful past.

I see the park being an integral part of the local community, providing a venue for public events and unique facilities for a variety of artisans to create and market their products… all whilst enthralling the visitors with their skills. Certain features of the park can be leased to local small business operators. Clubs could also be involved with some of the more unique heritage displays.

Since the decision to move to BC was made, my partner and I have developed an extensive business plan for the park. It lists countless innovative ways to involve the local community, raise awareness of wider British, as well as Scottish culture and heritage and provide a fabulous facility for public events. I have compiled a long list of historical architecture experts, stonemasons and woodworkers, landscapers and events-organisers that can assist me in the creation and development of the park and its facilities. I myself am a keen amateur Scottish historian and my closest friend has recently completed his history degree and offers his services toward the creation of this fantastic vision.

For the past two years I have been voluntarily administrating the Scottish Cultural Centre's Facebook page, promoting Scottish culture and history for the enlightenment of those who use Facebook and well as raising the profile of the centre in Vancouver. I have raised the profile of the page from a mere 40 viewers to over 1500, and my informative posts have reached upwards of 38,000 people.

I hope you agree with me, that “Caledonia Park & Scottish Heritage Centre” would be a unique, world-class tourist attraction, a jewel in British Columbia’s tourism crown. And who knows… perhaps if it’s a success, we could open new parks elsewhere on the American continent.

The funds I am asking for today will help me persuade investors and landowners that I am serious about my plans and hope they will join us in seeing this dream come to fruition.

Yours faithfully,
Mr John F. Campbell
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