Governments announce investments to support tourism on the Northeast Avalon

News release

Manuels River Natural Heritage Society to enhance trail network to create a world-class visitor experience

August 9, 2019 – Conception Bay South, NL – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Tourism is an inclusive sector that showcases Canada’s culture, diversity, natural beauty and unique experiences to the world. It delivers economic benefits across the country by supporting one in ten jobs. That is why the Government of Canada is investing in the tourism sector’s businesses and assets.

Today, Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, announced funding of $300,000 to support the Manuels River Natural Heritage Society, Inc. to implement Phase 2A of the Manuels River Trail Master Plan. This investment is being made through the Canadian Experiences Fund (CEF), which supports Canadian businesses and organizations seeking to create, improve or enhance tourism products, facilities and experiences. Pam Parsons, Newfoundland and Labrador Parliamentary Secretary for Transportation and Works and MHA for Harbour Grace—Port de Grave, on behalf of the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, announced that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is contributing $279,478 towards the project. His Worship Terry French, Mayor of the Town of Conception Bay South, announced his town’s $72,434 contribution.

Thanks to government support for projects like the one with the Manuels River Natural Heritage Society, Canadians and visitors to Canada will be able to experience scenic tourism. This phase of the Manuels River trail development will improve the current walking trails, with an emphasis on maximizing safety, accessibility and the visitor experience.

This announcement takes place in the wake of Minister Joly’s announcement of the new tourism strategy: Creating Middle Class Jobs: A Federal Tourism Growth Strategy. The Strategy, which was developed based on feedback from Canadians and the work of the Advisory Council on Jobs and the Visitor Economy, highlights the importance of Canada’s tourism sector as an economic driver for communities across the country.

Quotes

“This investment will help the community of Conception Bay South develop tourism products and experiences to attract more tourists year-round. Our government’s goal is to help communities big and small across the country reap the benefits of the global tourism boom to diversify their economies and create good jobs for middle-class families at home. Newfoundland and Labrador has so much to offer tourists.”
– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie

“Innovation doesn’t only happen in big cities; it happens in all regions of Canada. That’s why our regional development agencies play an important role in helping businesses turn innovation into economic growth and good jobs for Canadians. Through the CEF, our government is investing in the development of our tourism sector and the economic potential of our vibrant communities.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“Manuels River is a key tourist attraction in Conception Bay South and is becoming a signature destination in our province – the beautiful trail system and fascinating geological features draw visitors from home and abroad. I am  delighted that our government is investing in this trail enhancement project, which will help attract more tourists, enhance visitor experience and boost the tourism potential in this wonderful part of our province.”
– Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon

“The Manuels River Trail and Interpretation Centre is a valued destination in the region, one that has been experiencing tremendous success and growth. Our support to upgrade and expand segments of trail to build upon the coastal experience to the visitor aligns with product development priorities and supports ongoing enhancement of community assets in the Conception Bay South area.”
– The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

“The Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre is a cornerstone feature for our town and a huge tourism asset. These trails provide our residents and visitors with a strong sense of community and a close connection to nature. Our continued partnership demonstrates the importance of Manuels River in our Town, and we are proud to once again partner on another important project for Conception Bay South.”
– His Worship Terry French, Mayor of Town of Conception Bay South

“This is an exciting day for Manuels River and our visitors. This funding will allow us to continue to develop a world class trails experience that is safe, accessible and consistent with our values of education, recreation and conservation. With this funding we will be able to extend the east side of the trail to the ocean creating a new key attraction for our visitors.”
– Donald G Sword, Chair, Manuels River Natural Heritage Society, Inc.

Quick facts

  • Tourism represents more than 2% of the total value of goods produced and services provided in Canada.

  • Tourism supports more than 1.8 million jobs in Canada.

  • Regional development agencies are one of Canada’s four flagship platforms supporting innovation, along with the Industrial Research Assistance Program, the Strategic Innovation Fund and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service.

  • Canada has six regional development agencies supporting economic development in every region of Canada.

  • The Manuels River Natural Heritage Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of the Manuels River system.

  • The mandate of the Manuels River Natural Heritage Society is to protect, enhance and conserve the entire Manuels River system, by improving wildlife habitat, operating an interpretation centre, delivering various educational programs and the developing the Manuels River trail system.

Contacts

Jeremy Ghio
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie
Jeremy.Ghio@canada.ca

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca

Paul McGrath
Director, Public Affairs
ACOA NL
709-772-2984
paul.mcgrath@canada.ca

Eric Humber
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
709-729-4819, 725-9655
erichumber@gov.nl.ca  

Maggie Hynes
Communications Manager
Town of Conception Bay South
709-834-6500, ext 704
Maggie.Hynes@conceptionbaysouth.ca

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