ATHOLVILLE (GNB) – The official unveiling of a new snow groomer took place today at Sugarloaf Provincial Park.

“New Brunswickers want their government to make investments that will grow the economy. They also want us to make investments that will improve their quality of life,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “Your government understands that tourism is important to the economy in Restigouche and New Brunswick. This investment will promote wellness and active living for all ages, while it helps promote Sugarloaf Provincial Park and New Brunswick as a tourism destination.”

The provincial government invested $400,000, through the Regional Development Corporation, toward the purchase the trail groomer for the park’s ski hill.

For the 2017-18 fiscal year, investments in capital maintenance for provincial parks and attractions were doubled to $2 million as part of the government’s commitment to growing the tourism sector.

Sugarloaf is one of nine provincial parks. It provides year-round access to outdoor recreation including skiing, sliding and other outdoor activities in the winter, and camping, hiking and biking in the summer.

The tourism sector employs more than 42,000 and plays an important role in the economy. Provincial parks are a major draw for visitors and it is estimated they create nearly $4 in visitor spending for every dollar spent by the government.