Kouchibouguac National Park Travel Guide

  • 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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Kouchibouguac National Park Things to Do

  • Snowshoeing in the park

    If you have a pair of snowshoes that you haven't pulled out in awhile and are looking for a winter activity, there are a number of great trails to snowshoe at Kouchibouguac NP. They vary in length, from about 1 km up to 10.5 km or more. We recently snowshoed five of them, and the conditions were great ! The main ones are:Tweedie Trail = 1.2...

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  • Statues of Early Pioneers

    When you enter Kouchibouguac National Park's main entrance, your obvious first stop is at the Visitor's Centre. If you have not already bought your Day Pass at the highway booth (US$5 per adult in our case) you can also pick one up here. Because of the early-morning showers on our first day, we only checked-in at 11 AM, but the day pass was valid...

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  • biking and lynx watching!

    This place is a cyclist's paradise. The trail network is now up to 60 km., plus the paved parkways also make for good riding. I rode there all the way from Bathurst NB (145 km) then put in 40-80 km almost each of the 5 days we were there. The highlight of my trail riding fun was when a lynx passed right in front of me on the evening of August 7...

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  • Refreshing Waters!

    It was early on a Saturday afternoon (2 weeks after my visit with Russ) when my wife and I arrived in the Park, following a late-start drive from our home in Fredericton. The first thing we did was head for the beach - and I could not believe how much busier it was this weekend! It was a great day, hot and sunny with a beautiful stiff breeze...

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  • Hikes in the Park

    I had not had the time to sample the Hiking trails during my previous excursion to the Park, so took the opportunity to do so with my wife. Most of these walks are not very long and involve a stroll through the forest and on boardwalks to sample some of the different ecological features of Kouchibouguac.The Salt Marsh (le Marais Sale) walk took us...

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  • Rentals & Camping Available

    Two weeks earlier, after finishing up with the Kellys Beach area, Russ and I continued biking along the coastal trail toward the north of the Park. It was not long before we arrived at 'Ryans', the main hub of activity in the Park.Located here are numerous very nice camping spots, spread out among the trees and close to the coast. Daily fees range...

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  • The Estuary

    Reaching the end of the mountain biking trail was a relief! The hardest thing about the trail was the constant use of muscles in the hands and forearms, due to non-stop braking and steering while your hands and handlebars were drenched in moisture off the leaves of trees and bushes along the trail. Of course, I say this because I have been biking...

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  • Peat Bog Overview

    This photo shows the view of the peat bog from the wooden observation tower located along the Bog Trail. The 'domed' bog is about 3 sq. km in size and began to form about 4500 years ago (around the time the Pyramids were being built in Egypt) according to the Park scientists.The bog forms because of an impervious layer of soil that retains the...

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  • Birdwatching

    The dunes of the Park are home to one of Canada's endangered bird species, the Piping Plover, here seen frolicking along the beach with the ebb and flow of the waves.The Piping Plover is a Starling-size shorebird whose plaintive whistle cry can be heard along certain stretches of the Park's sandy beaches. This shorebird is well camouflaged with a...

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  • Beaver Dam

    After leaving Ryans on the biking trail, we found it to be too tame following our earlier excitement on the mountain biking trail. As a result, when we reached La Source, we decided to veer off onto a hiking trail along the south side of the Kouchibouguac River. This was not designed for bikes, so it was narrow, bumpy and loaded with hills and...

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  • Slippery Boardwalks

    We really enjoyed the varied scenery along the mountain-biking trail, not that there was much time to savour it! On a narrow, twisting and bumpy trail like this, it was imperative to keep your attention on what the next obstacle was going to be.Some of the more scenic parts were when we emerged from the forest, such as this one where we first...

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  • Binding the Dunes

    The most common form of vegetation on the barrier islands is Marram Grass. This is a tough beach grass species that has adapted itself to deal with the harsh conditions found in coastal dune areas. It's roots go deep in the search for water, helping this grass to bind the sand dunes together and prevent wind erosion. The plant also has leaves which...

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Kouchibouguac National Park Restaurants

  • Impressed by Breakfast

    Both mornings before we set off for our day's biking activities, we fueled ourselves up with breakfast at our motel in Richibucto. Located in a bright room with nicely set-out tables, we opted for their buffet meal on both occasions. This consisted of your choice of scrambled eggs, home fried potatoes, beans, pancakes, bacon, sausages, toast, jam,...

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  • A Night Out on the Town

    After our first full day of biking, we were in the mood for another decent meal because we had essentially gone without lunch. After cruising the streets of Richibucto, we finally settled on The Morgan Pub & Eatery (although what looked like a Vietnamese restaurant next door to it also piqued my interest - but I could not get Russell to bite!). It...

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  • I Liked the Wine Cellar!

    When I returned to the Habitant 2 weeks later, with my wife, we decided to give the motel restaurant a try on our Saturday night stop-over. We sauntered over just after 7 PM, and it seemed to be peak time, but we managed to find a table for two in this spot that seemed to have quite a reputation with the locals!Our waitress mentioned that, if we...

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  • One for the Road

    As we pulled up stakes and headed home on Sunday afternoon, we stopped at the small Family Dairy Bar for one last fix before starting the 200-km (125-mile) drive through the almost uninhabited forests of south-central New Brunswick. My soft icecream cone dipped in Cherry sauce hit the spot, while Russ decided on a chocolate milk shake. As we stood...

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  • Snack Bar

    It was about 1 PM by the time we had finished the first stage of our mountain biking in the Park, and we had reached the area of Kouchibouguac's famous coastal dunes at Kelly's Beach.The dunes are accessed by a long boardwalk, and it's start from the mainland also includes a small rest area that comes complete with a little snack bar. There are...

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  • Beachside Picnic

    It was coming up on 3 PM by the time we had finished our explorations of Kelly's Beach and then resumed our biking in the Park. The bike path was now along the coast, and we had only just started out when we came across a wide expanse of scattered picnic tables on the mainland side of the wide lagoon between it and the miles of off-shore sand...

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Kouchibouguac National Park Transportation

  • Bicycle friendly park

    This is a very bicycle-friendly park, so much so that you will feel very left out if you do not bring one. There are 60 km of bike trails with hard packed chippings that enable you to use most any kind of bike and the best way to get to and from the beach is by pedalpower.If you are unable to bring a bike, you can always rent one at Ryan's, just...

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  • Bike

    This photo shows me and my bike at the side of one of the typical Park highways. We had just completed the Major Kollock mountain biking trail and emerged onto the highway system very close to the coastal area of Kelly's Beach. All the park roads are kept in immaculate condition and actually have very little traffic.As for bikes, the biking trails...

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  • No Problem By Road

    Kouchibouguac is easily accessible by car from either south or north. The closest large city is Moncton to the south, with the smaller Miramichi to the north. Highway 11 is a good road connecting these two cities, so veer off into the well-signposted KNP once you are in the vicinity of Richibucto. In our case, we were coming from Fredericton,...

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Kouchibouguac National Park Shopping

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    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    We did not do a lot of shopping during this trip. However, as we headed north from Richibucto to the Park on our first morning, we found a very convenient store just up the road from our motel.

    Russ had forgotten his toothbrush so we were able to remedy that as well as picking up some cheddar cheese and crackers for our lunch, bottles of water and a couple of chocolate bars for a quick energy 'hit' during our planned biking adventures. A very friendly little store!

    A Cloudy Morning as we Head for the Park
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Kouchibouguac National Park Local Customs

  • Fishing Boats

    If you take to Highway 117 to explore the lesser developed northern regions of Kouchibouguac National Park, a 31-km (20-mile) drive will bring you to the first community located outside it's northern boundary - Pointe Sapin. This small and picturesque community of about 200 families is located at the north end of Kouchibouguac Bay.Russ and I took a...

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  • A Well-Worn Wooden Bridge

    The province of New Brunswick is noted for its wooden covered bridges, many of them dating from 100 years ago. On the short drive from our motel in Richibucto to Kouchibouguac National Park on old Highway 134, I was intrigued by this wooden bridge at St. Louis de Kent.Built in 1943 to span the Kouchibouguacis River, this 2 lane bridge uses the...

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  • Aboriginal Culture

    On our final morning in the Park, we took the southern biking route back to the Information Centre where we had left our car. This route took us past another very nice beach, Callanders Beach, as well as a large open grassy picnic area.Located here, was this large native American 'teepee', in which members of the local Maliseet people present...

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Kouchibouguac National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Bobbing Jellyfish

    One thing that does distract from full enjoyment of the waters along this part of the New Brunswick coast are the large numbers of jellyfish! The ones we saw at Kouchibouguac were reddish in colour (see photo) and came in various sizes from an inch or so up to about 6-7 inches in diameter. These ones do not have very long tentacles dangling along...

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  • Bear Alert!

    When I returned to work after our biking trip, I mentioned to one of the guys at the Office what a great time Kouchibouguac was. As a result, he headed off there with his family the following weekend! They too had a very enjoyable experience in this National Park, including using the rental service for a biking expedition on the easy trails. His...

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  • Mud is Inevitable!

    On both of our rides along the Major Kollock trail, it had rained during the previous evening with a real thunder and lightning downpour the second night. As a result, the numerous pot holes along the trail were water-filled and quite squishy is places! Also the ferns and leaves along narrow parts of the trail were wet as they brushed past our...

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Kouchibouguac National Park What to Pack

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    by Bwana_Brown Written Aug 1, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: We travelled light on our mid-summer trip but there are two things you will need for certain: insect repellent and sun screen. Russ used spray-on repellent, as seen here on the biking bridge over Major Kollock Creek, while I went with a hand-applied lotion for my face, arms and legs. We had no problems with mosquitos at all - unlike 'Richiecdisc' and 'D' during their brief sojurn here (see their 'New Brunswick' page for the gory details!). While we were sitting on the sand of Kellys beach, we did have a bit of a problem with large flies biting our legs - must have been moose-flies or something because they were like houseflies but larger. They were quite slow too, usually their single bite was the last one they would ever make!!

    It goes without saying that you should bring a good camera!

    Russ Spraying Himself
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Kouchibouguac National Park Favorites

  • Kouchibouguac National Park is Located...

    Located on the east coast of New Brunswick, in Canada's Maritime Provinces, Kouchibouguac National Park preserves a small part of the unique ecosystem in this part of the world. The amazing coastal dunes here run for miles along the NB-side of Northumberland Strait, just north of the tip of the Province of Prince Edward Island.The nearest major...

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  • The Full Park

    The land portion of the Park is generally quite flat and slopes gently toward the coast, with occassional knolls or water features providing some elevation or steep banks. For it's relatively small size, the park area is comprised of a varied habitat of forest (54%), peat bogs (21%), lagoons & estuaries (18%), salt marshes (3%), barrier islands...

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  • Where the Action Is

    I had only a short time to enjoy Kouchibouguac, so most of my activities were confined to the central area of the Park where most of the facilities are located. This map gives a closer view of the roads, trails and facilities located here.The 'black' lines show the very good road system that allows easy access to this portion of the park, while the...

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