Town of Nackawic set to develop its waterfront 

News release

Upgrades will support Town’s efforts to boost tourism

November 12, 2020 · Nackawic, New Brunswick · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Rural tourism is a key source of revenue and jobs in communities across Atlantic Canada. Boating and other waterfront activities attract tourists and enrich the visitor experience, generating tourism dollars for the local economy.  

That is why all three levels of government are coming together to support tourism-focused improvements to the Town of Nackawic’s waterfront infrastructure and amenities.

Governments help rural tourism through infrastructure upgrades

René Arseneault, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (Official Languages and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), the Honourable Gary Crossman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, along with Town of Nackawic officials today announced a joint investment of more than $1 million to support the Town’s waterfront development project.

Project work will include improvements to the boat launch, to the small craft rental building and to the parking lot, as well as adding a fuel service for boaters. Improved boating and fishing experiences in the region will help promote greater tourism-related economic benefits.

The Government of Canada is committed to helping Atlantic Canadian communities strengthen their infrastructure so they can come back strong and thrive long after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

Quotes

“New Brunswick is made up of special rural communities, many with pristine bodies of water to enjoy and appreciate. This investment will help the Town of Nackawic develop a quality tourism experience that will attract more visitors to the region who will stay for longer periods of time. Investments like this one enable communities to harness their unique character to create jobs and sustain the many wonderful small businesses that define this region, supporting continued economic growth.”

- René Arseneault, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (Official Languages and ACOA)

“Despite the pandemic, our vision for a better economic future has not changed. Tourism is a vital part of our economic growth and recovery plan for rural communities in every region of the province. The Town of Nackawic has done an excellent job making sure “Destination Nackawic” is on the map for visitors to New Brunswick and the province is pleased to contribute to the marina project, which will help ensure future growth for this beautiful community.”

- Honourable Gary Crossman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation

“On behalf of Nackawic Town Council and staff, our residents and neighbours, we are extremely excited to announce Phase 1 of the Marina Project on our waterfront. What began as a conversation about trying to find ways to reinvent ourselves has led to some positive events for our community with this wonderful project being a highlight! The proposed scope of work will include a full cleanup of our shoreline, the installation of a wharf, a second boat launch area, landscaping, docks, a point of sale building, moorings and a fuel station. We need to thank the governments of Canada and New Brunswick, the Wolastoqey First Nations (WNNB) and many others who have supported this project.”

- Ian Kitchen, Mayor, Town of Nackawic

Quick facts

  • The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is providing a non-repayable contribution of $699,459 through its Innovative Communities Fund.

  • The Province of New Brunswick is investing $229,812 , while the Town of Nackawic is contributing $130,000 to the project.

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Contacts

Catherine Mounier-Desrochers
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages
Catherine.Mounier-Desrochers@canada.ca

Samantha Michaud
Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
506-478-7936
Samantha.michaud@canada.ca

Mary-Anne Hurley-Corbyn
Communications
Province of New Brunswick
506-429-2624
Mary-anne.hurley-corbyn@gnb.ca 

Randy Wilson
CAO
Town of Nackawic
506-575-2241
townhall@nackawic.com

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