Parks NB to assume operation and management of Fundy Trail Parkway
JULY 19, 2023
The management and operation of the Fundy Trail Parkway will be transferred to the provincial government on Dec. 12.
The parkway has been overseen by the Fundy Trail Development Authority since its construction began in 1998.
“From a tourism perspective, the Fundy Trail Parkway has become one of the province’s crown jewels in recent years, providing residents and visitors with incredible views and limitless potential for memorable experiences,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Tammy Scott-Wallace. “The Fundy Trail Development Authority, in collaboration with the provincial and federal governments, has built a legacy all New Brunswickers can be proud of, and we are excited to continue the work of transforming the parkway into a world-class destination.”
To support efficiency and continued growth, Scott-Wallace said the department will work with the Fundy Trail Development Authority to ensure a smooth transition to Parks NB.
The authority’s work will wind down in December, following a 180-day notice provided by the authority on June 14, 2023. Assets will be transferred at that time. The authority will also help employees navigate the process of applying for positions offered by the government as part of the transition in the months to follow.
“The Fundy Trail Development Authority is delighted that the parkway’s coming-of-age story will culminate in official status within the New Brunswick provincial park system,” said Andrew Dixon, chair of the authority’s board of directors. “On behalf of the board, I thank both the provincial and federal governments for their support over the years, our team for their dedication and passion, our founding leaders for their vision, the communities we work with every day – and most of all, our visitors.”
The 2,529-hectare park now connects the communities of Alma, St. Martins and Sussex, enabling residents and visitors to enjoy increased access to New Brunswick’s southern coastline and forests.
The parkway stretches over 30 km, with more than 35 km of hiking and biking trails. It is open daily until Oct. 15. More information, including admission rates and hours of operation, is available online.
Alex Davis, Senior Consultant