Kouchibouguac National Park Things to Do

  • Snowshoeing the Kouchibouguac trails
    Snowshoeing the Kouchibouguac trails
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  • Snowshoeing the Osprey Trail.
    Snowshoeing the Osprey Trail.
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  • Snowshoeing the Claire Fontaine Trail.
    Snowshoeing the Claire Fontaine Trail.
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    Major Kollock Creek

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    As we got closer to the end of the mountain-biking trail, we had to navigate down a steep hill to a bridge where we re-crossed the Creek. By now, we were getting fairly close to the coast and the creek was starting to look like something a bit more substantial.

    I really enjoyed this view from the bridge, with the soft foliage as we looked toward the coast, now only a couple of kilometres away around a few more bends. By now, it was just past noon and the sunshine was thinking about coming out in full force. The park designers took pity on us for this major crossing, actually installing railings on both sides of the narrow bridge!

    View of Major Kollock Creek
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    Onto the Mountain Biking Trail

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    A short 3-km ride from the Information Centre found us at the Petit-Large sheltered picnic site in the central woodlands of the Park. It was here that we started on the best ride of the weekend - the 6.3-km (4-mile) 'Major Kollock Creek' mountain biking trail.

    A large sign at the start of the trail gives you fair warning of the hazards you can expect to deal with (see my 'Warnings & Dangers' tip for details) but really, if you are a bit fit and have some hand/eye coordination, it should not be a serious problem.

    As we started out, the sunlight filtering through the canopy of young Maple trees onto the wild ferns lulled us into a false sense of blissful peace!

    Sun-dappled Young Maples & Ferns
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    Biking Trails

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    The regular biking trails in the Park are very wide and smooth, with only gentle gradients as a rule. We also did not encounter many other bikers, considering that this was a sunny weekend in July, the peak of tourist season in Canada. The fine crushed rock surface of the trails did an excellent job of dealing with the overnight rainfall, resulting in a nice firm ride without bits flying up.

    This scene shows a typical view that you might encounter as the trails wind their way through this heavily-treed Park. Every once in a while, you will come upon an open expanse like this, indicative of an area of former settlement that is now slowly being returned to its natural state. When the Park was first established, there was a serious problem in resettling the hardy Acadians who had settled along this coast and called it their home for generations. If you read my 'Local Customs' tip, you will understand why, especially these people, were reluctant to be uprooted.

    In our case, we used these trails less than 50% of the time because they were too tame for a couple of wild and crazy guys like us! The rest of our time was spent on mountain biking trails, hiking trails (with our bikes!) and finally along the side of the road system when it was time to leave.

    A Typical Biking Trail
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