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Manuels River Connects to The Coast!

Manuels River completes Phase 2A of the Trail Master Plan, enhancing its trail system and creating a world-class visitor experience to support tourism on the Northeast Avalon

September 1, 2020 – Conception Bay South, NL – Manuel River

Tourism is an inclusive sector that showcases Canada’s culture, diversity, natural beauty and unique experiences to the world. It delivers economic benefits to Manuels River as an organization and tourism attraction for the Town of Conception Bay South and the Avalon region. This is why the Manuels River has been so focused on improving and enhancing the Manuels River Trail System. Connecting the trails to the coast opens a new experience to visitors from near and far.   

Today, Don Sword, Chair of Manuels River Natural Heritage Society, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of the newly improved and expanded Ocean Trail East, the first of its Connected Trails. As a tourism attraction, Manuels River is committed to expanding what the trail system and access to the river can offer tourists, from all areas. The goal of Phase 2 of the Manuels River Trail Master Plan was to connect the trail system, from the Interpretation Centre to the Atlantic Ocean. The completion of this phase was accomplished through the funding support from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s – (ACOA)’s Canadian Experiences Fund (CEF), the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Town of Conception Bay South, and the many community donors who supported Manuels River’s contribution to this project.

Thanks to government support for projects like this one, Canadians and visitors to Canada will be able to experience scenic tourism. This phase of the Manuels River trail development has improved the current walking trails, with an emphasis on maximizing safety, accessibility and the visitor experience. This trail development made it possible to connect our centre to the ocean, opening up a view like no other. The Connected Trails will increase the possibilities of how we can grow as an organization; enhancing our tourism offerings as an economic driver for our community.


“We want to extend our congratulations to the Manuels River Natural Heritage Society on the grand opening of its connected trail network. We are proud to be a partner in the development of this spectacular world-class trail system that now extends to the ocean’s edge in beautiful Conception Bay. The Manuels River trail system is one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s tourism treasures. We applaud the society’s dedication to ensuring a safe and accessible trail system for residents and visitors alike and we wish them continued success.” – Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Congratulations to Manuels River Natural Heritage Society on the opening of their connected trails. Connecting the Coast is an excellent example of a destination trail development which supports the economic development and tourism priorities of the region.” – Minister Davis -Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation

“Congratulations to Manuels River on the opening of their new connected trail. The Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre is a cornerstone feature for our town and a huge tourism asset. These trails provide our residents and visitors with a strong sense of community and a close connection to nature. Our continued partnership demonstrates the importance of Manuels River in our Town, and we are proud to be a partner in this important project for Conception Bay South.” – His Worship Terry French, Mayor of Town of Conception Bay South

“Our new Manuels River trails have always provided a great experience; wide, safe trails for all ages and abilities to experience the river’s natural environment and to get up close to the exciting geology and fossils. But now with the opening of our new Ocean Trail East it’s more than just a journey, it’s a destination! Locals and tourists alike can “connect to the coast” at the mouth of the river next to Worsley Park.” – Donald G Sword, Chair, Manuels River Natural Heritage Society, Inc.

Quick Facts

  • Tourism represents more than 2% of the total value of goods produced and services provided in Canada.
  • Tourism supports more than 1.8 million jobs in Canada.
  • The Manuels River Natural Heritage Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of the Manuels River system and is a Canadian registered charity.

The mandate of the Manuels River Natural Heritage Society is to protect, enhance and conserve the entire Manuels River system, by improving wildlife habitat, operating an interpretation centre, delivering various educational programs and the developing the Manuels River trail system.

Janet Rumsey

Executive Director

Manuels River

709-834-2099, ext 202