In October of 2011, Eastern Charlotte Waterways Inc. organized the first New Brunswick Lakes Conference, bringing together stakeholders in the province’s lakes. It was agreed that common concerns could be best addressed with one voice and interested parties agreed to explore the idea of a collaborative, province-wide lake stewardship organization.

For the next two years, a dedicated group of volunteers, led by Eastern Charlotte Waterways Inc., met regularly to discuss and consider how such an organization would function and what its mandate might address. Through consultation with lake associations throughout the province, a vision emerged of an alliance that could serve the common needs of New Brunswick’s lake associations. In October of 2013 the New Brunswick Alliance of Lake Associations (NBALA) was officially created with 11 charter member associations.