MACTAQUAC (GNB) – Visitors and residents can now purchase the Explorer Pass 2012, a card that provides access to a variety of services and products at New Brunswick's nine provincial parks.

"Over the past few years, we have made some strategic investments in our parks and we are working to offer even more programming," said Culture, Tourism and Healthy Living Minister Trevor Holder. "The Explorer Pass is a way to encourage visitors to experience all nine of our provincial parks by offering them free admittance, a round of golf or other perks when they purchase the pass. We also hope that regular park users will buy the pass and visit a park that they have not been to before."

A radio ad campaign promoting the parks will begin this week. The ads will air throughout the province during the summer months and will encourage residents to get out and be active, making them aware that there is always a provincial park nearby.

New Brunswick's provincial parks offer opportunities to camp, hike and be outdoors. Herring Cove and Mactaquac provincial parks have golf courses, while biking is the key attraction at Sugarloaf Provincial Park during the summer months. Climbing the highest peak in the Maritimes is the main event at the Mount Carleton Provincial Park. Other parks feature excellent beaches and ocean views, including New River Beach, Murray Beach and Parlee Beach. Anchorage Provincial Park offers an island experience on Grand Manan. De la République Provincial Park offers easy access to the Petit Temis Interprovincial bike trail, and is located on the shores of the Madawaska River.

"Our parks are popular with visitors, but they are also great locations for New Brunswickers to visit and enjoy nature and active living," said Holder."Exploring and enjoying our parks adds to our quality of life. We are committed to investing strategically in the parks and to promoting their use."

The Explorer Pass is now for sale at all provincial parks and costs $60.


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