Residents near New Brunswick's Fundy National Park have successfully lobbied for some concessions to keep some trails open after a decision to close the park for the winter.
Parks Canada had announced it would not open the park's winter facilities, including ski trails, and camping sites.
Alma Mayor Kirstin Shortt said the closure would hurt its tourism industry, its most important economic generator.
"There's going to be no services. The visitors' centre will be closed, so we were concerned about the impact on our community and our economy. And we don't want to give the impression that we are no longer here," said Shortt.
The mayor and business owners met to try to convince Parks Canada to keep parts of Fundy open. While a visitors' centre, campsites and yurts will remain closed this winter Parks Canada has agreed to open bathrooms and plow parking lots, as long as a local ski club maintains the trails.
"Alma is still here, we do have businesses that are open," said Shortt.
She said Alma is synonymous with Fundy National Park and cuts to the park could have taken the small village off the winter tourism map.
Parks Canada's reversal is a relief for Peter Colpitts, who runs Falcon Ridge Inn.
"If those particular items were not available to people, then why come to this area kind of thing. So I guess the message that we want to try to get out is that the park is not closed," said Colpitts
Fundy officially closed for the season on Oct. 8. The busiest part of Fundy's winter tourism season begins after Christmas.