Tourism and Parks

Provincial parks celebrate 75th anniversary at New River Beach and Mactaquac (10/07/09)

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July 9, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Festivities will continue Saturday, July 10 at two provincial parks, New River Beach and Mactaquac, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of New Brunswick's first provincial park.

Events at New River Beach will begin at 10 a.m. and feature many family activities, including a barbecue, crafts, a kiddie karnival and bingo.

Activities at Mactaquac will begin at 9 a.m. with yoga sessions and continue with a nature hike, a barbecue and many family fun activities such as face painting and relays. The Calithumpians will perform a Green Theme show at 4 p.m. and there will be a Ghost Story show along with a bonfire at 9 p.m.

"We are pleased to have the 75th anniversary celebrations continue this weekend at not just one, but two of our beautiful provincial parks," said Tourism and Parks Minister Brian Kenny. "The activities offered at both New River Beach and Mactaquac have something for the whole family to enjoy."

The Department of Tourism and Parks is celebrating the anniversary all summer, with different parks hosting festivities each weekend throughout July and August.

The department is also providing campers with a special offer to stay one night each at three different provincial parks, and receive a fourth night free. Ballots for this special offer can be found online.

There is also the First-Time Campers Draw with a prize of a complete set of camping gear and a two-night reservation at any provincial park. Details are also available online.

In addition to these celebrations, the provincial government has obtained 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 provincial parks. Copies of the Bateman prints can be ordered through the department website or from the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Ryan Donaghy, communications, Department of Tourism and Parks, 506-471-5554.

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