BERTRAND (GNB) – The federal and provincial governments today announced joint investments totalling $353,900 to support the development of tourism infrastructure in the Village of Bertrand.

“Working with partners to invest in tourism experiences is an important part of our government's plan to rebuild New Brunswick's economy,” said Economic Development Minister Paul Robichaud. “Over the years, this site has become a stopping point for travellers looking to rest and take in a beautiful coastal setting. With today's announcement, we will have the right infrastructure to invite more travellers to stop and encourage them to stay longer by taking advantage of the information centre, the observation deck or by using one of the trails nearby.”

The project involves the construction of a tourism recreation and information centre located at Pont Rouge along Route 11.

“Our government's top priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said Bernard Valcourt, associate minister of national defence and minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and La Francophonie. “We are pleased to support the Village of Bertrand in building a new recreation tourism facility and information centre that are expected to have an important impact on the economic growth of the region. The project will generate new economic opportunities and strengthen the tourism offer in the region.”

The 182 sq. metre (2,022 sq. feet) visitor's building will include: a space for bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals; a rest area; washrooms; interpretation area; offices; and storage. Near the building, a new observation tower will allow visitors to observe the flora and fauna found along the Caraquet River.

“This announcement culminates several years of efforts by various stakeholders,” said Mayor Yvon Godin. “The Village of Bertrand has unique natural assets and we are confident this centre will promote these to the tourists while stimulating the local economy.”

The provincial government is investing $232,950 in the project. The federal government, through ACOA's Innovative Communities Fund, is contributing $120,950 while the Village of Bertrand is providing $47,307 and Veloroute Péninsule acadienne is providing $10,000 toward the new infrastructure.