October 9, 2018 Alma, New Brunswick Parks Canada Agency
Parks Canada is responsible for protecting and presenting nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage. The Government is committed to preserving our national parks, while making them more accessible so that more Canadians, including youth and newcomers, can connect with nature.
Today, Alaina Lockhart, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Official Languages, and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, celebrated the completion of the Wolfe Lake Visitor Reception Centre in Fundy National Park. The grand opening of this new visitor centre is a result of the Government of Canada’s $3 billion infrastructure investment program at Parks Canada’s places nationwide.
Located at the western entrance of the park, the Wolfe Lake Visitor Reception Centre will provide visitors with enhanced services, including trip planning tools and creating a unique sense of arrival at the park’s west end gate, as well as with the future Fundy Trail Parkway connector road in 2021. This addition to the national park will contribute in visitors’ satisfaction and play an important role in connecting them with Canada’s incredible nature and history by showcasing the distinct essence of Fundy National Park and what it has to offer.
The new reception centre boasts a wide deck for future interpretation activities, wheelchair accessibility, a visitor information desk, and a welcoming appeal with cathedral ceilings, a cozy lounge area, and large windows overlooking the Wolfe Lake. The design incorporated many Green building design principles and technologies.
Additionally, the Wolfe Lake Visitor Centre hosts a gift shop, which is operated by the Friends of Fundy. All of the proceeds of the Outpost West Gift Shop support the Friends of Fundy’s goals to increase public awareness and enjoyment of the natural and cultural heritage of Fundy National Park and its surrounding communities, along with supporting the coastal region’s conservation, restoration and preservation goals.
Fundy National Park is an excellent example of Parks Canada’s efforts to protect and restore our natural spaces and enable Canadians to discover and connect with nature. Fundy also helps sustain the local economy and tourism sector. Investments in infrastructure directly respond to the feedback of Canadians related to preserving ecosystem health, while improving the state of built infrastructure in national parks and historic sites.
Millions of Canadians celebrated Canada 150 with free admission to Parks Canada’s places in 2017 and more Canadians than ever before had amazing experiences. Fundy experienced an increase in visitation of 20%, with more than 350,000 visitors. In 2018 and beyond, Parks Canada has made discovering nature and connecting with our history easier and more affordable for families with free admission for youth aged 17 and under and new Canadians.
“The Wolfe Lake Visitor Reception Centre is an exciting addition to our Fundy National Park experience. This investment will ensure visitors arriving at the West Gate will have a true sense of arrival and will be an excellent connection point for the future Fundy Trail Parkway. This high-quality facility will help visitors gain an immediate appreciation of all the innovative opportunities within the park to connect with nature and experience the outdoors as they learn about our environment. As our summer comes to a close, I am so pleased to celebrate another great season with this legacy investment here at Fundy National Park.”Alaina LockhartParliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Official Languages, and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament – Fundy Royal
- Located in New Brunswick on Canada’s Atlantic Coast, Fundy National Park encompasses 20 kilometers of dramatic shoreline along the Bay of Fundy, famous for having the world’s highest tides. More than 100 kilometers of hiking and biking trails ribbon through 206 square kilometers of Acadian forest, leading to thundering waterfalls, freshwater lakes, and scenic river valleys.
- For all its wild charms, Fundy is also uniquely accessible and family friendly, with multiple well-equipped campgrounds (some with comfortable yurts and safari-style tents), a solar-heated saltwater swimming pool, and even a fabulous nine-hole golf course, recently recognized as the premier nine-hole course in Canada in the book by Anthony Pioppi, The Finest Nines: The best nine-hole golf courses in North America.
- Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, tourism, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. This investment will ensure these cherished places are protected and secured for the future.
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Parks Canada Agency
External Relations Manager
New Brunswick South Field Unit
Communications & Outreach Coordinator
Office of MP Alaina Lockhart