Manuels River Natural Heritage Society is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of the Manuels River system. The Society was established in 1989 and incorporated in 1992, and is governed by a board of directors elected by the general membership at an annual general meeting.
The Society's main goal is to preserve and intrerpret the natural, cultural and geological history of the river through the development of educational, recreational and conservational opportunities along the river system.
Manuels River Linear Park has become a key recreational resource for the Town of Conception Bay South and the region. Resources include an internationally recognized geological formations and fossils, a variety of natural environments and some of the most tranquil settings to be found in the area.
To date, the Society with the help of its supporters has accomplished:
Over 6 km of walking trails on the north and south side of the Manuels Bridge.
Rotary lookout with three story boards with descriptive river layouts.
New Gazebo next to campfire area.
Three welcoming archways to signal start of trail system.
Three steel pedestrian bridges.
A parking lot and a visitor's chalet.
Interpretative programs such as natural history, fossil, and geology tours.
Serveral viewing/resting and picnic areas.
Development of an education/outreach program.
Seasonal campfires, sing-a-longs and other family activities.
While the society realizes the importance of the Manuels River Linear Park as a tourist attraction and its economic benefit to the Town of Conception Bay South, its mandate continues to be the preservation of the Manuels River and the river valley. Visitors are encouraged to use and enjoy the park and to help the society in its efforts to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the area.