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Located on the banks of the scenic and historic Manuels River, in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre and 6.5 km Manuels River trail system is a prime example of what can be accomplished through partnerships, perseverance, and good planning. The Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre is a bright new addition to our Town which prides itself on being a “Bright Town with a Bright Future”. Opened in July 2013, the Centre highlights the unique geology and internationally recognized trilobite fossil beds of Manuels River. Recognizing the importance of the fossil resources and trail system, the river valley is designated and zoned as Open Space Conservation in the Conception Bay South Municipal Plan and Development Regulations; a portion of the river was designated as a Significant Paleontological Site by the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government in 2011.
The Manuels River Natural Heritage Society, a volunteer, non-profit organization, had long recognized the value of the world-renowned Manuels River system and developed the extensive trail system throughout the area. The Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre replaces a tiny chalet which served as a tourist information centre as well as a location for basic educational programming. Since its opening, the Centre has focused on providing first-class geological and biological interpretation opportunities and is a resource for students as well as tourists and the general public. Creative exhibits explore geology and earth sciences, ecology, biology and the natural history of Manuels River and the surrounding river valley. It has helped cement Newfoundland and Labrador’s reputation as a destination for those seeking unique geological experiences.
The Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre is the anchor for the Town’s Mainstreet and T’Railway developments. It serves as a focus for community activities with its café, gift shop, theatre, classrooms and multifunctional reception hall. It is a source of community pride as many local organizations and individuals were committed to fundraising and supporting the development. The well-established trails are a popular location for wellness activities, as many local residents walk the Manuels River trail system on a regular basis...More