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Treetop Haven secures federal funding for unique accommodations

Sheila Arsenault, owner of Treetop Haven, outside one of her geodesic domes.
Sheila Arsenault, owner of Treetop Haven, outside one of her geodesic domes.

A local entrepreneur has secured significant government funding for her budding business.

Treetop Haven, owned by Sheila Arsenault, recently announced that it has secured a $400,000 loan from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

“ACOA welcomed my vision and plans to create a unique experience with Treetop Haven. I am passionate about travel, the outdoors, and creating memories. I am very excited to create both a career and a lifestyle out of these passions and at the same time, contribute to P.E.I.’s tourism industry,” said Arsenault.

Malpeque MP Wayne Easter praised the project following the announcement for its innovation.

“Treetop Haven Inc. is offering a unique accommodation experience unlike any other on Prince Edward Island. This business will utilize the Island’s natural assets to create a distinctive, one of a kind, experience that will satisfy the ever-present need to create new products and services for consumers,” said Easter.

Treetop Haven consists of five, fully-furnished, geodesic domes with all the amenities of a small cottage, elevated on platforms in the woods. There will also be a cleared space for weddings and an adjacent conference centre.

Each dome will either be a one or two-bedroom unit and will include one bathroom, a kitchenette and a seating area. All will be heated via electric baseboards. Some of the decks they sit on are also large enough to include an outdoor hot tub.

Two of the dome units will be able to operate 12 months a year but all can be converted if the demand is high enough.

Arsenault started construction in August and is hoping for the first two units to be completed by February. The rest of the structures, plus the conference centre, will follow in May.

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