Jun 30 | Canada Day to kick off summer-long celebration

FREDERICTON (GNB) – This year’s Canada Day will kick off a summer-long celebration of its 150th birthday and the important role that New Brunswick has played in the country’s development.

“I challenge New Brunswickers to get out and explore parts of our beautiful province that they have never seen before,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames. “There has never been a better time to discover the amazing experiences and attractions that New Brunswick has to offer with the many special events, festivals and celebrations taking place throughout the province. Our website has great road trip ideas.”

In May, the government launched a Getting away is Closer than you Think campaign to encourage New Brunswickers to explore the many experiences the province has to offer, from day trips to longer getaways, for all ages and interests. The tourism website features hundreds of experiences like island hopping in the Bay of Fundy; the Hopewell Rocks challenge; shopping at the oldest farmer’s market in Canada; staying somewhere surprising like a yurt, dome or treehouse; zip lining across the Grand Falls gorge or Saint John’s reversing rapids; attending a traditional pow wow; climbing the Maritimes highest peak at Mount Carleton; or exploring a billion years of history in the Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark.

In addition, there are special events as part of the Canada 150 celebrations such as the famous tall ships that will sail into Caraquet, Miramichi and Saint John.

New Brunswick’s history will also be on display through a high-tech presentation that will be projected on the legislature assembly building in Fredericton in the evenings throughout the summer. The 30-minute presentation, entitled MALA, which means “where I’m from” in Mi’kmaq, will highlight the province’s history through stories of key people and events.

New Brunswickers are also invited to take in any or all of the early New Brunswick Day celebrations taking place every Saturday in July starting in Grand Bay-Westfield (July 8), Florenceville-Bristol (July 15), Miramichi (July 22), Dorchester (July 29) and finally, the official celebration in Edmundston on New Brunswick Day.

In addition, there is free entrance to New Brunswick Provincial Parks on Canada Day and New Brunswick Day in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. Admission to New Brunswick’s two national parks, Fundy National Park and Kouchibouguac National Park, is free throughout 2017.

The public is encouraged to visit the Canada 150 NB website, Canada.ca/150 website, use the hashtag #NBProud, and follow @Canada150NB on social media and share why they are proud to be New Brunswickers. Individuals can also follow @Canada150 to learn more about the various activities happening in the province this year.