HEART OF ST. KITTS FOUNDATION PROJECTS
All of our projects support one or more of our objectives
The first trail of its kind in St. Kitts
Aptly nicknamed ‘Sugar City,’ St. Kitts’ economy was dominated by the sugar industry from 1643 until 2005, when the sugar factory closed its doors and the country transitioned to a tourism-based economy.
Built between 1912 and 1926, the railway was used to transport sugarcane from the island’s sugar plantations to the sugar factory in the capital city of Basseterre. However, after the decline and eventual closure of the sugar industry on the island, the 22km segment of railway spanning from Basseterre to Sandy Point along the west side of the island has largely been left unused.
The Rails-to-Trails community tourism project will turn what was once an iconic symbol of Sugar City’s economic past into a hiking and biking path that signifies the positive impact that tourism can have on communities. The trail will give locals and visitors the chance to visit and recreate among some of the island’s hidden historic treasures, while supporting opportunities for local community members to grow businesses that cater to the increased tourism demand in the area.
This project will also promote greater awareness about stewardship of the environment and historical sites in St. Kitts, and aims to inspire a sense of pride in the community.
The Heart of St. Kitts Foundation is supporting the restoration and conversion of a 1.4 km section of the railway from Palmetto Point to Challenger’s.