Left to right: Nadine Gauvin, External Relations Manager for Parks Canada’s NB South Field Unit, Andrew Casey, Deputy Mayor for the Village of Alma, Brian Keirstead, MLA for Albert, Alaina Lockhart, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2017 | Alma, New Brunswick
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.
The Government of Canada is pleased to announce $8.2M in funding to protect the shoreline along Highway 114 and build a new, longer boardwalk near the southeast entrance of Fundy National Park that will enhance the experience of visitors. Today, Alaina Lockhart, Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, made the announcement on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna.
The section of Highway 114 along the Alma Beach area has seen frequent and repeated damage due to wave action and erosion during storm events which is attributed to a rise in sea levels due to climate change. This investment will fund important work to prevent further shoreline erosion and protect the important traffic corridor between the Village of Alma and Fundy National Park.
Also, as part of the project, a new, longer boardwalk will be built to provide visitors with a better way to experience Fundy’s giant tides and the iconic Alma Wharf. The new boardwalk will be connected to the existing one and will include new observation platforms with access to the beach. Additionally, new trees and marram grass will be planted along the beach to improve ecological integrity and reduce the impacts of shoreline erosion. The new boardwalk will provide visitors with remarkable access to the park, while keeping them away from sensitive ecological zones along the shoreline.
This year, as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Confederation, Parks Canada is proud to continue improving its visitor experience offer while protecting our national parks for future generations. The Government is committed to investing in the revitalization of federal infrastructure assets, including in national parks and national historic sites, for the benefit of all Canadians, from coast to coast to coast.
“Through infrastructure investments like this one, the Government is protecting and preserving Parks Canada’s places, while supporting local economies and contributing to the growth of the tourism sector. This shoreline protection project is a concrete example of how Parks Canada is protecting Fundy National Park, including from the impacts of climate change, while also providing Canadians with opportunities to discover and enjoy this national treasure. I encourage Canadians to visit Parks Canada’s destinations in New Brunswick to experience the outdoors and learn more about our environment and history.”Alaina LockhartParliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal
- Fundy National Park welcomed more than 350,000 visitors and hosted more than 50,000 campsite nights during Canada 150 while also hosting many exciting special events and activities. Visitation in 2017 increased approximately 20% from the previous year.
- Located in New Brunswick on Canada’s Atlantic Coast, Fundy National Park encompasses 20 kilometres of dramatic shoreline along the Bay of Fundy, famous for having the world’s highest tides. More than 100 kilometres of hiking and biking trails ribbon through 206 square kilometres of Acadian forest, leading to thundering waterfalls, freshwater lakes, and scenic river valleys.
- 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.
- The Government is very pleased to offer free admission for all visitors to Parks Canada’s places in 2017 to celebrate Canada 150. Parks Canada is pleased that visitation is strong and looks forward to continuing to welcome visitors from Canada and around the world until the end of 2017 and beyond.