MIRAMICHI (GNB) – Five tall ships will sail into Miramichi July 7-10 as one of several Canada 150 celebrations taking place across the province.
“Our government is committed to making New Brunswick a top tourism destination for both visitors and residents, with innovative tourism products that offer unique and authentic experiences, and the tall ships are a significant part of our summer tourism experiences and our Canada 150 celebrations,” said Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Lisa Harris. “I invite all New Brunswickers to Miramichi and the surrounding area this summer. Experience the warm, salt water beaches of Kouchibouguac National Park, Canada’s Irish Festival, Metepenagiag Heritage Park, and the many heritage sites in and around Miramichi, just to name a few. And I invite the people of Miramichi to discover other areas and experiences of our beautiful province.”
Harris spoke for Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames.
The visit, part of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta Guest Ports Programme, will allow people to tour the vessels and participate in festivals and events in the community. The provincial government is investing $50,000 to bring the tall ships to Miramichi.
“We welcome all New Brunswickers to join us this summer to see the grandeur of the tall ships,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “Miramichi is steeped in history and culture and has so much to offer. We are proud that the tall ships will visit the mighty Miramichi.”
The Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is a roughly 13,000-kilometre transatlantic race, visiting seven countries. As part of the Guest Ports Programme, 40 vessels will visit more than 30 Canadian ports. About 3,000 people aged 15-25 will be aboard the vessels.
“Tall ships have been sailing the waters of the Miramichi for hundreds of years, so we look forward to having tall ships once again sailing up our mighty Miramichi River as a signature part of our summer-long Canada 150 celebrations,” said Miramichi Mayor Adam Lordon. “We invite all New Brunswickers and Canadians to join us for the tall ship festival and, indeed, all summer long, to experience our world-famous Miramichi hospitality.”
The tourism industry is an important job creator, employing more than 42,000 people in New Brunswick, and it contributes more than $520 million annually to the provincial GDP. The budget for the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture increased by 17.6 per cent this year. In addition, a capital investment of $75 million will be made over the next three years for upgrades to assets of cultural and historic significance.
As part of Canada 150 celebrations, people are encouraged to visit the Canada 150 NB website, use the hashtag #NBProud and follow @Canada150NB on social media and share why they are proud to be New Brunswickers.