BAYSIDE (GNB) – The provincial government is making an investment to improve access to the Simpson Hill Wilderness Trail Network in Bayside.  

A licence agreement and highway access permit will allow for construction of a small parking lot, providing visitors with entry points to the trails.

“We are committed to developing quality trails, parks and recreational facilities in the province,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames. “We recognize the importance of trails like the Simpson Hill Wilderness Trails to our economic and community development, as well as to health and wellness initiatives.”

The department will provide $7,500 through the Provincial Trail Infrastructure Fund to help with infrastructure and trail maintenance.

The trails overlook the St. Croix River, the town of St. Stephen and the United States border.

The New Brunswick Tourism Growth Strategy will invest $100 million in tourism over the next eight years, with a goal of growing tourism-related GDP to $2 billion by 2025. Tourism visitor spending is estimated at $1.3 billion, making it the third-largest service sector in the province.