Jan. 23, 2009
SAINT-LÉONARD (CNB) - The provincial government is making a $57,000 investment to improve a snowmobile trail in northern New Brunswick. Premier Shawn Graham made the announcement today.
"Snowmobile tourism represents a significant portion of revenue for tourism operators in the northern part of the province, and it is a key component in the Department of Tourism and Park's annual winter marketing campaign," said Graham. "This investment will help to ensure that the trails of the Northern Odyssey may be fully enjoyed by all snowmobile enthusiasts this winter."
The investment will allow for the re-routing of Trail 12 between Saint-Léonard and Saint-Basile around a breakage in the trail. This break had caused the closure of part of the trail for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 winter seasons, effectively breaking the Northern Odyssey loop and seriously reducing winter tourism revenue for operators in the area.
"The New Brunswick Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (NBFSC) is pleased to contribute to winter tourism in New Brunswick," said Ross Antworth, executive director. "Through a partnership, the volunteers of the NBFSC will continue to provide economic benefits to many communities through the winter."
The Northern Odyssey is a marketing partnership between the Department of Tourism and Parks and the cities of Edmundston, Campbellton, Bathurst and Miramichi. It promotes northern New Brunswick as a world-class snowmobile trail experience through a network of 1,000 km of groomed trails.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Alison Aiton, communications, Department of Tourism and Parks, 506-444-4454, firstname.lastname@example.org; Ross Antworth, executive director, New Brunswick Snowmobile Federation, 506-447,1258, email@example.com.