April 8, 2009
MONCTON (CNB) - The provincial and federal governments are investing a total of $10 million - $5 million by each government - to extend the Fundy Trail. Premier Shawn Graham and Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson joined Prime Minister Stephen Harper in making the announcement today.
The funding is earmarked to connect Route 111 at St. Martins to Route 114 at Alma near the entrance to Fundy National Park by way of a scenic coastal roadway.
"To build a self-sufficient tomorrow, we need to invest strategically in areas where our economy is strong," said Graham. "One of those areas is tourism, and the Fundy Trail is one of the crown jewels of New Brunswick's tourist attractions."
In the style of the existing trail, from east of St. Martins to Big Salmon River, the new section will be dotted with scenic lookouts and beach access points to provide a more interactive and accessible Fundy tourism experience.
"Since opening in 1998, the Fundy Trail has welcomed more than half a million visitors," said Graham. "It is a must-see destination in New Brunswick, linking such iconic sites as the Hopewell Rocks and Fundy National Park. We are pleased to join with our federal counterparts to make its completion a reality."
The second phase of the development of the Fundy Trail began last year, with the opening of the bridge at Big Salmon River. Another 19 km of parkway and the upgrade of existing public roads are required to complete the link of the Fundy Trail with Fundy National Park and Sussex.
"The Bay of Fundy experience is one that is unique in the world," said Jamieson. "With the Fundy Trail project, our visitors can easily access the wonders of the Bay of Fundy area and enjoy a view that National Geographic has called 'One of the most dramatic views anywhere in North America.' As a draw for visitors, the Fundy Trail will have a positive impact on the economy in the St. Martins area and across the province."
The total cost of the project is $58 million: $46 million to complete the Fundy Trail and $12 million to upgrade public highways. With today's announcement, $21.5 million in funding has been committed by the federal and provincial governments toward Phase II of the project.
MEDIA CONTACT: Bruce MacFarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606.