June 15, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The first provincial park in New Brunswick was established in 1935 in Glenwood, located in Restigouche County between the Restigouche and Upsalquitch rivers, 35 km west of Campbellton.
Today, 75 years later, New Brunswick has nine provincial parks, each offering a unique experience.
To celebrate the diamond anniversary, the Department of Tourism and Parks will be hosting a celebration at each park.
A different park will be featured each weekend through July and August, and the events will offer crafts, challenges, lessons in nature and a barbeque.
"This marks an exciting time in our parks' history," said Tourism and Parks Minister Brian Kenny. "There are many exciting initiatives being undertaken to mark this milestone, and I look forward to participating in some of them. Our provincial parks are dedicated to the people of New Brunswick and are being preserved for the benefit of future generations. I encourage all New Brunswickers to experience the parks and to enjoy them to the fullest."
Celebrations will continue throughout the summer with a freeze on entry and camping fees.
There will be promotions such as the First Time Campers Draw, where two camping packages, valued around $1,800, will be provided to two parties who have never camped before. There will also be an offer of staying one night at three different parks and getting the fourth night free. Details are on the department's website.
In addition, the provincial government has received the exclusive Canadian distribution rights to Robert Bateman's latest painting, Family Hike.
Proceeds from the sale of these prints will be used to develop education and awareness programs for the parks. Copies of the prints are available online through the Department of Tourism and Parks as well as the Conservation Council of New Brunswick website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Ryan Donaghy, communications, Department of Tourism and Parks, 506-444-4454.