Funding Announcement

Manuels River Natural Heritage Society to enhance trail network to create a world-class visitor experience

August 9, 2019 – Conception Bay South, NL – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Tourism is an inclusive sector that showcases Canada’s culture, diversity, natural beauty and unique experiences to the world. It delivers economic benefits across the country by supporting one in ten jobs. That is why the Government of Canada is investing in the tourism sector’s businesses and assets.

Today, Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, announced funding of $300,000 to support the Manuels River Natural Heritage Society, Inc. to implement Phase 2A of the Manuels River Trail Master Plan. This investment is being made through the Canadian Experiences Fund (CEF), which supports Canadian businesses and organizations seeking to create, improve or enhance tourism products, facilities and experiences. Pam Parsons, Newfoundland and Labrador Parliamentary Secretary for Transportation and Works and MHA for Harbour Grace—Port de Grave, on behalf of the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, announced that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is contributing $279,478 towards the project. His Worship Terry French, Mayor of the Town of Conception Bay South, announced his town’s $72,434 contribution.

Thanks to government support for projects like the one with the Manuels River Natural Heritage Society, Canadians and visitors to Canada will be able to experience scenic tourism. This phase of the Manuels River trail development will improve the current walking trails, with an emphasis on maximizing safety, accessibility and the visitor experience.


“This investment will help the community of Conception Bay South develop tourism products and experiences to attract more tourists year-round. Our government’s goal is to help communities big and small across the country reap the benefits of the global tourism boom to diversify their economies and create good jobs for middle-class families at home. Newfoundland and Labrador has so much to offer tourists.”
– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie

“Innovation doesn’t only happen in big cities; it happens in all regions of Canada. That’s why our regional development agencies play an important role in helping businesses turn innovation into economic growth and good jobs for Canadians. Through the CEF, our government is investing in the development of our tourism sector and the economic potential of our vibrant communities.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“Manuel’s River is a key tourist attraction in Conception Bay South and is becoming a signature destination in our province – the beautiful trail system and fascinating geological features draw visitors from home and abroad. I am delighted that our government is investing in this trail enhancement project, which will help attract more tourists, enhance visitor experience and boost the tourism potential in this wonderful part of our province.”
– Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon

“The Manuels River Trail and Interpretation Centre is a valued destination in the region, one that has been experiencing tremendous success and growth. Our support to upgrade and expand segments of trail to build upon the coastal experience to the visitor aligns with product development priorities and supports ongoing enhancement of community assets in the Conception Bay South area.”
– The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

“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 once again partner on another important project for Conception Bay South.”
– His Worship Terry French, Mayor of Town of Conception Bay South

“This is an exciting day for Manuels River and our visitors. This funding will allow us to continue to develop a world class trails experience that is safe, accessible and consistent with our values of education, recreation and conservation. With this funding we will be able to extend the east side of the trail to the ocean creating a new key attraction for our visitors.”
– Donald G Sword, Chair, Manuels River Natural Heritage Society, Inc.