Chris Jensen’s story about Foresta Lumina in Coaticook that he did for the New England News Collaborative.
Many small towns and cities dream about the financial security of becoming a tourist attraction. Coaticook, Quebec, which sits right on the Vermont border, pulled it off. Local officials took an unusual idea, made a $1 million gamble and hit a tourism geyser.
Coaticook has a population of around 9,200. But since the attraction opened in 2014 about 456,000 people have paid for a nighttime stroll through the Foresta Lumina.
It will air on NEXT, which airs on 5 stations in the NENC collaborative: WNPR, NEPR, VPR, NHPR and Maine Public.
Coaticook is 180 miles from Concord, N.H.
Veteran journalist Chris Jensen covers the North Country for InDepthNH.org and can be reached at email@example.com
His story for InDepthNH.org on Foresta Lumina can be found by clicking here.