FREDERICTON (GNB) – Now that New Brunswick has moved into Phase 2 (Orange) of its COVID-19 recovery plan, provincial parks and other major tourism attractions will reopen during the coming weeks.

“The tourism industry plays an important economic role in each region of the province. That is why we are pleased to be moving into a new phase of the recovery plan, which allows more services to be provided to New Brunswickers,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Bruce Fitch. “All appropriate measures will be in place to ensure the safety of visitors and employees. Services will be offered differently than before but, by following the Public Health directives, we will be able to enjoy again the wonders and beauty of our province while continuing to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”

Provincial parks and attractions will reopen with limited services, no events, and no programming or co-ordinated activities.

The following provincial parks will reopen with services limited to trails and beaches, public washrooms, limited restaurant services (where applicable), seasonal and daily camping.

On May 15:

  • Mactaquac
  • New River Beach
  • Anchorage (Grand Manan Island)
  • Oak Bay (on May 14)
  • Fundy Trail Parkway

On May 22:

  • Herring Cove (Campobello Island)
  • Mount Carleton
  • Murray Beach
  • Parlee Beach
  • de la République
  • Val-Comeau

Sugarloaf Provincial Park will reopen on May 22 with the services limited to trails, public washrooms, seasonal and daily camping, as well as the bike park with chairlift service.

The Village Historique Acadien will open on June 9, the Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park will open on June 5, the Jardin Botanique du N.-B. (NB Botanical Gardens) on June 6, and Kings Landing (Wednesday to Sunday) on June 3, with the following services:

  • trails;
  • public washrooms;
  • hotel (Village Historique Acadien);
  • interpretation (where physical distancing is possible);
  • shuttle services (limited services in some attractions);
  • gift shops (limited services); and
  • restaurant (limited services).

No dates have been established yet for the following provincial tourist attractions:

  • Cape Enrage;
  • Miscou Island (Lighthouse and Visitor information centre);
  • Doak Provincial Heritage Place;
  • Bonar Law Provincial Heritage Place;
  • Sheriff Andrews Provincial Heritage Place;
  • Ministers Island Provincial Heritage Place; and
  • MacDonald Farm Provincial Heritage Place

Since the provincial borders remain closed to non-essential travel, the department reminds the public that provincial parks, campgrounds and other tourist attractions are only accessible to New Brunswick residents and other individuals that have the proper authorization to be in the province.

Additional details of services will be provided through the social media platforms of the respective parks and attractions.

All openings are subject to change in accordance with the state of emergency and directives from Public Health and the provincial government.