Aug. 26, 2009
ST. MARTINS (CNB) - An educational new tourist attraction will soon be available to visitors to the Fundy Trail Parkway, thanks to investments from the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick.
Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson, and Fundy Royal MP Rob Moore made the announcement today in St. Martins.
"I am excited to see our investment of more than $53,000 build on the many experiences the marvellous Fundy Trail Parkway offers to visitors," said Jamieson. "The addition of this replica sawmill offers an opportunity to view the traditional operation of an industry that remains important to our province."
The investment will help the Fundy Trail Development Authority acquire and manage a small-scale working sawmill. The sawmill, which once operated at Big Salmon River and was donated to the project, will be reconstructed to allow tourism operators to demonstrate the type of logging and forest harvesting conducted by the original settlers and lumbering companies over the past 150 years. The attraction will also include exhibits featuring photographs, artifacts, and displays of items used in the lumbering industry.
"This project is a great example of how funding through Canada's Economic Action Plan is making a real difference for communities in New Brunswick," said Moore. "Our investment of $35,500 in this new attraction will celebrate the history of our people, while helping to strengthen our future by attracting more tourists to this region."
Moore attended on behalf of Keith Ashfield, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
The Fundy Trail Parkway is a seasonal coastal destination with a low-speed auto parkway, scenic lookouts, and multi-use trails leading to beaches, river estuaries and an interpretive centre. The attraction is operated by Fundy Trail Development Authority Inc., a non-profit organization that currently employs one permanent and 14 seasonal staff members.
The Province of New Brunswick is providing $53,623 toward the project through several provincial programs and departments. The Government of Canada, through ACOA, is contributing $35,500 under the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF).
Organizations and individuals interested in learning more about how to apply for funding under the CAF may contact their local ACOA office. More information regarding the CAF application process may be found on ACOA's website.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Jordan O'Brien, Communications New Brunswick, 506-457-4999; Erin Filliter, press secretary, Office of the Minister of State (ACOA), 613-941-7241; Sharon Stanford-Rutter, senior communications officer, ACOA-NB, 506-451-2677.