MACTAQUAC (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $2.73 million towards provincial parks revitalization this year as part of the New Brunswick Tourism Growth Strategy.

“Investing in our provincial parks and attractions are key components in New Brunswick’s multi-year economic growth plan,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “These investments will ensure continued growth and job creation in the tourism sector.”

As part of a renewed focus on the tourism sector through the New Brunswick Tourism Growth Strategy, the government will invest in park landscaping and buildings, new entrances and interpretive signage which will outline themes specific to each of the respective nine parks.

As well, the funding will improve park and attraction infrastructure which will also benefit surrounding tourism operators. The work is intended to help ensure provincial parks and key attractions remain open until the Thanksgiving weekend to fully harness the fall or “shoulder” season.

Funding specific to campgrounds will go towards the resurfacing and reconstruction of existing roads at the Mactaquac, De la Republique and Murray Beach provincial parks to improve accessibility and safety.

The provincial parks and attractions receive more than one million guests each year, representing more than a third of the province’s total visitation.

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