Oct. 19, 2006
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson met with A.D. Fiander Associates Ltd. President Allan Fiander to review plans for Phase II of the Fundy Trail Parkway. Fiander has been contracted by the Fundy Trail Development Authority, Inc. as the project manager, and is responsible for the engineering design work and execution of the project.
Phase I of the Parkway has welcomed over 400,000 visitors since it originally opened in 1998. It is a seasonal coastal access network which showcases the natural uniqueness of the Fundy escarpment. It includes: 11 km of low speed auto parkway with scenic outlooks, 16 km multi-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists, footpaths to beaches and estuaries, and a 270 sq. m (3,000 sq. ft) Interpretation Centre.
Plans for Phase II of the project include a 125 m. steel bridge across Big Salmon River, 17 km of parkway and 41 km of public road upgrades.
"Completion of the Fundy Trail Parkway project provides major positive economic impacts for New Brunswick," Jamieson said. "It offers a retention-oriented cluster of eco-tourism experiences that today's and tomorrow's visitors and tourists are searching for - a natural, pristine, coastal destination with appropriate areas, attractions and activities for a wide range of visitor profiles."
Phase II of the project will link the Fundy Trail with Fundy National Park and create a world class coastal tourism route connecting the Reversing Falls, the caves of St. Martins, the Fundy Trail, Fundy National Park and the Hopewell Rocks.
Within 10 years of completion of Phase II, the total direct and indirect job creation is expected to reach 750 sustainable jobs per year in the tourism sector. Total annual visitation is forecasted to grow from about 55,000 in 2005 to about 235,000 by 2014. Demand for overnight accommodations is expected to increase dramatically, with 30,000 additional visitor parties of overnight accommodations in the first full year of operation. Ten years after completion, about 115,000 additional visitor parties per year are expected.
"A completed Fundy Trail Parkway will create a critical mass of significant tourism attractions on a coastal access route through the Fundy Escarpment that will attract visitors to NB as well as entice those travelling through NB to lengthen their stay," Jamieson said. "It will be an important catalyst for significant new business growth and expansion in the small rural communities on the route between Saint John and Moncton."
MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle McFarlane, communications, Tourism and Parks, 506-444-4454.