UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve Wants You to Get Out and Hike

Posted on October 5, 2012

The UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve and Minister Trevor Holder were pleased to promote the hiking trails and tourism opportunities of the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve by hiking Fuller Falls, near St. Martins, at 2pm on Friday, October 5.

“The autumn is a great time to experience the beautiful views and excellent hiking trails of the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve,” says Trevor Holder, Minister of Culture, Tourism, and Healthy Living. “We are keen to encourage New Brunswickers, and visitors to the province alike, to explore beautiful places like Fuller Falls, and what better time to do it than now, when the weather is cool and the scenery so beautiful. So get out and experience these lovely sites and enjoy some outdoor exercise at the same time.”

“The UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve continues to promote sustainable development, in particular the tourism industry and the excellent hiking trails of this area,” says Dr. Yves Gagnon, Chair of the Fundy Biosphere Reserve. “Since designation in 2007, the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve has been helping tourism operators and businesses become more sustainable through our Charter Membership Program, and working with partners to advertise hiking trails like Fuller Falls to the public.”

Fuller Falls is a 15m high, veiled-type, two-tiered waterfall on Fuller Brook. It is located about halfway between the western entrance gate and the interpretation centre at Big Salmon River on the Fundy Trail Parkway, east of the village of St Martins. The UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve has identified Fuller Falls as an Amazing Place in the region, through the Trail Amazing Places project.

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From left to right: Brian Clark (General Manager of the Fundy Trail Parkway), Megan de Graaf (Executive Director for the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve), and Trevor Holder (Minister of Culture, Tourism, and Healthy Living). In the back we see the sign for the Amazing Place Fuller Falls.

“Many of the Amazing Places featured in this project will be familiar to people, such as the Sackville Waterfowl Park and Cape Enrage”, said Megan de Graaf, Executive Director of the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve. “But others are equally spectacular but less well-known, and we wanted to showcase them all to the people and communities in the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve”.

Designed as an engagement and education tool, Trail Amazing Places is based on Google Earth and other web resources. “We’re using smartphone technology on the signs at each of these Amazing Places to make the experience truly interactive for those who get active and explore in the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve,” says de Graaf. “We’re really looking for people and communities to get involved and to explore our unique region.”

Brian Clark, General Manager of the Fundy Trail Parkway, points out that Amazing Places like Fuller Falls are excellent places for people to visit to gain an appreciation for the region’s natural beauty: “Fuller Falls is a real gem, and like other scenic points along the Fundy Trail Parkway, it’s easily accessible for everyone. The Thanksgiving long weekend is the perfect opportunity for people to explore the Fundy Trail Parkway and the whole UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve”.

Trail Amazing Places was funded by Trans Canada Trail, Loblaw, Environment Canada, Business New Brunswick, and New Brunswick Department of Culture, Tourism, and Healthy Living.