March 4, 2009
SAINT-QUENTIN (CNB) - Upgrades to Mount Carleton Provincial Park totalling $600,000 were announced by Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson.
"Visitors to New Brunswick are attracted to our wide-open spaces and the opportunity to connect with nature," said Jamieson. "Mount Carleton Provincial Park provides them with an outstanding experience on both of these fronts. The $600,000 set aside in this year's capital budget allows us to continue restoration at Mount Carleton, and to invest in green energy technologies allowing us to provide modern amenities for campers without harming the environment that attracts them in the first place."
Included in this investment are:
The Department of Tourism and Parks will be working with the New Brunswick Community College, Moncton campus, to identify suitable alternative energy solutions for the park. Plans include installing a solar-powered unit to allow metered electrical hook-ups for eight campsites; and using either solar, water and wind power as renewable energy sources for the Nictau lodge and camps.
Jamieson was joined at the announcement Business New Brunswick Minister Greg Byrne, representatives from the tourism industry and the Friends of Mount Carleton Provincial Park Inc.
"Mount Carleton Provincial Park is an important tourism attraction in northern New Brunswick," said Réal Robichaud, executive-director of the Tourism Industry Association of New Brunswick. "We are pleased that the government has made such a commitment over the past two years to protect and improve the park so that it continues to draw visitors and admirers from around the world."
Since the ownership of the park was transferred to the Department of Tourism and Parks from the Department of Natural Resources in 2007, more than $1.85 million has been invested in Mount Carleton Provincial Park to upgrade trails, cabins, the campground and other facilities.In addition to these capital investments, the annual operating budget has been increased to more than $500,000 from $136,000.
"Our group is excited at the upgrades that have taken place at Mount Carleton over the last couple of years," said Susan Mulherin, president of the Friends of Mount Carleton Provincial Park Inc. "We have long known what a treasure this park is, and we are hopeful that these improvements will encourage even more New Brunswickers to visit and enjoy the site."
MEDIA CONTACT: Alison Aiton, communications, Department of Tourism and Parks, 506-444-4454, firstname.lastname@example.org.