Ottawa, N.B. commit $1.1M to tourism projects in Fundy-St. Martins

Officials from provincial and federal governments came together Thursday on a $1.1 million project to revitalize the community lighthouse visitor information centre and build an amphitheatre in Fundy-St. Martins.

A news release said the provincial government is investing $480,000 through the Regional Development Corporation, while the federal government is contributing $620,000 through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

Tourism Minister Tammy Scott-Wallace said in a news release investing in key tourism destinations in Fundy-St. Martins would support a positive visitor experience. The project aims to tackle traffic safety issues and improve area accessibility.

Scott-Wallace also noted other investments, like the Vaughan Creek Covered Bridge and the Fundy Connector Road, which, she said, are examples of successful tourism infrastructure investments.

“With today’s announcement, the community will be better positioned to welcome and direct visitors,” she said.

Mayor Jim Bedford is pleased with the investment, saying tourism is growing in the region.

“It is projects like this that will allow us to continue to deliver a Grade A experience for our visitors,” he said.

Saint John-Rothesay MP Wayne Long said he is pleased to see governments working together to build the new amphitheatre and improve local attractions. He said both would promote a better sense of inclusiveness and accessibility.

“This community has so much beauty and so many activities to offer visitors,” he said.

“Today’s investment will help the region maximize its full potential and seize opportunities, bringing economic benefits for years to come.”