SUSSEX (GNB) – The provincial government has recognized the Fundy ATV Trail Network as one of the 11 Signature Trails highlighted in the recently announced Trails Action Plan.

“We are committed to developing quality trails in the province,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames. “We recognize the importance that trails like the Fundy ATV Trail Network have on our economic growth and community development.”

Signature Trails are an important part of the Trails Action Plan, a $15.78-million investment in the province’s trails network. Eleven Signature Trails have been designated for development, from signage upgrades to infrastructure to long-term management plans.

Fundy ATV Trail Network is a system of all-terrain vehicle trails managed by the New Brunswick All Terrain Vehicle Federation and the Sussex Valley ATV Club. The network consists of 150 kilometres of signed trails that wind through the region’s picturesque hills and valleys.

“It is an ideal terrain for ATV trails, with a diversity of environments and communities,” said federation president Roger Daigle.

Signature Trails are major regional tourism attractions. They encompass distinctive landscapes and vistas, from the Appalachian Mountain Range and Acadian forests to city waterfronts and coastlines. The Trails Action Plan is intended to elevate the network of over 20,000 kilometres of developed trails by improving accessibility, safety and overall user experience.

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.