The New Brunswick government’s exclusive fishing lodge was used more by outside groups in 2012 than it was by politicians and their guests.
Larry’s Gulch, the province’s fishing lodge on the Restigouche River in northern New Brunswick, was booked to 17 private groups in 2012, three trips were reserved for donations and there was one local day use.
Meanwhile, provincial departments and agencies reserved the lodge 13 times between June and September.
By comparison, in 2009, more than 21 private groups booked the camp and departments made 16 visits. That year, the fishing lodge raised more than $330,000 in revenues for the provincial government.
Invest NB booked the fishing lodge four times and the Department of Economic Development used the facility twice.
Premier David Alward and Environment and Local Government Minister Bruce Fitch also made two trips to the northern fishing lodge in 2012.
Four private trips had to be cancelled because of low water, according to the provincial government.
For instance, private trips that were booked from Aug. 6 to 8 and Aug. 11 to 13 had to be nixed. However, a trip organized by Invest NB from Aug. 8 to 10 was still noted on the schedule.
As of 2013, all guests visiting Larry’s Gulch have been required to sign a notice saying they agree to have their name and company made public.