Back in the summer of 1935, New Brunswick’s first provincial park started out as a public rest stop and picnic area where families would gather. It was located about 35 kilometres west of Campbellton on a scenic piece of land between the Restigouche and Upsalquitch rivers, according to The Telegraph Journal.
In the 1950s, the province oversaw roughly 60 parks. Today, it owns and manages 10.
A host of provincial parks were closed because of government spending cuts. As a result, the private sector took over some of the parks; communities assumed ownership of others. A few parks have simply been turned over to the Department of Natural Resources, but remain unused as recreational areas.
To showcase some of these features, the province kicked off the 75th anniversary celebration at Murray Beach Provincial Park this past weekend (July 3-4). Admission to the park, located in Little Shemogue near the Confederation Bridge, was free.