Government of New Brunswick

The Restigouche river system is one of the most valuable natural landscapes in the province. To maximize the economic opportunity of the Appalachian Mountain Range in northern New Brunswick and to preserve the pristine environment of the Restigouche River watershed a provincial park is proposed.

This new linear park would be known as the Restigouche Wilderness Waterway Provincial Park and it would represent 235km of exceptional watercourse and approximately 20,000 ha of land. The linear provincial park concept is a legislative tool used to achieve conservation objectives and 
to monitor recreational use in a financially sustainable manner while increasing income and jobs through a responsible eco-tourism approach.

To ensure intrinsic values of the Restigouche watershed are protected for the benefit of present and future generations five sections of the Kedgwick, Little Main Restigouche, Patapedia, Restigouche and Upsalquitch rivers will form the basis of the proposed linear provincial park.

  • To pro-actively preserve the natural resource.
  • To recognize the international eco-destination value of the region.
  • To celebrate the traditional Treaty Rights of Hunting, Fishing, Harvesting and Ceremonial Use of the Resource.
  • To preserve the legacy of the sport angling culture and industry.
  • To serve as an integral aspect of the overall, long-term development of the Appalachian Range Route as an international touring and experiential destination.
  • To reward one of Canada’s most vital heritage rivers with deserved investment.
  • To attract markets ranging from Maritime touring vacationers to exploratory outdoor adventure semi-enthusiasts and dedicated outdoor adventure enthusiasts.
  • To stimulate investment and create employment.
  • To create employment.

The lack of current official rules and proper enforcement has had a negative impact on the Restigouche River experience and contributes to the decline of the famous Salmon river ecosystem. The conflicting uses of this natural resource need to be resolved with supporting first class infrastructure and an operational model that is: responsible, smart, green, efficient and branded as a world class wilderness experience.

The Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture has developed an implementation plan that envisions the new linear park being open to the public by either late 2021 or early 2022. As part of this plan, the department will be undertaking extensive consultations in year one (2019) with Aboriginal Nations and public stakeholders.

It is envisioned that the public will have opportunities to become fully informed on this initiative through a combination of public open houses and roundtable discussions held in communities within the proposed linear park area. The public will also have opportunities to provide input/comments on the proposed park through the department’s website, any surveys conducted by the department, the EIA process, and by writing directly to the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture. This process will be undertaken before any final decisions are made regarding the park design and its implementation.

Public consultation is an important component of the planning process. NB Parks are committed to providing a number of opportunities to provide input both in-person and in writing.

STAGE 1:

  • A public web-based opinion survey can be accessed between November 6, 2019 and December 6, 2019. Survey Link

  •  Public Open Houses will be held on

    • *Postponed* until Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at Auberge Evasion de Rêves,11 Canada, St. Quentin from 5:00 to 8:00 pm 

    • Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the Robinsonville Community Fire Hall from
      5:00 to 8:00 pm

    • Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Sugarloaf Provincial Park, Atholville from
      5:00 to 8:00 pm

    • Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Salle du Citoyen,
      4 St-Jean St., Kedgwick.

STAGE 2:

  • A white paper on the outcomes of the citizen engagement process will be publicized.
  • Details of what is envisioned for next steps will be publicized.

Mailing Address

Marysville Place, Floor 4
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, New Brunswick
E3B 5H1
Canada