Kouchibouguac National Park Things to Do

  • Thrilled to see the forest
    Thrilled to see the forest
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  • The overlook at the dam
    The overlook at the dam
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  • Boardwalk trail
    Boardwalk 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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    Pines Trail

    by PinkFloydActuary Updated Oct 16, 2015

    One of the best things about the park is that there are a number of nice little trails to get out and stretch your legs at. The Pines trail is an easy one to start with - about a half mile long, very flat, and through a nice quiet pine forest. The only real problem with this one in the summer was the bugs - be sure to have plenty of bug spray. The trail is a loop, and you start and end in a small parking lot. There are a few placards along the way that will point out some of the flora highlights.

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    Beaver Trail

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Oct 16, 2015

    Another flat and easy trail. This one is about 3/4 of a mile long - combining a short out & back section with a loop. Apparently, the trail was a spot to see actual beavers about 35 years ago. Since then, they left due to a lack of food, so this ends up being just your standard nature walk (some of which is along a boardwalk.)

    This one also highlights one of my disappointments with the park. Check out the photo of the abandoned beaver dam. The overlook has completely grown over, so you can't see anything. There were several spots in the park that just seemed uncared for to me. I get letting nature take it's course, but don't see the point of having an overlook then...especially after naming this "Beaver Trail"!

    The overlook at the dam Boardwalk trail

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    Kellys Beach

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Oct 16, 2015

    Further into the park is one of the most popular spots (several large parking spots!). From the parking lot, it's about 3/4 of a mile to the beach along a raised boardwalk trail. You can look down as you cross a marshy area and see little crabs scurrying about.

    The beach itself was pretty spacious, and you could walk out quite a ways and be surrounded by the water. I don't know if it's a year round issue, but there were a TON of jellyfish. We talked at one point to a local who said the sting isn't too bad, but who wants to take the chance? Just walking around, you could avoid them fairly easily, but I can't imagine any type of swimming.

    The kids did pick up a few shells, but as you walk out, there is a sign asking you to leave them there, so we did. A fun little stop.

    Note that at the trailhead, there is a small snack bar, and what also appeared to be some sort of tent sale (it looked like homemade goods.) I'm not sure if that's there all the time.

    Enjoying the water A shell to be returned

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    Bog Trail

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Oct 16, 2015

    Probably my favorite trail of the trip. This one is a little over a mile in total, and it is an out and back trail. The first part cuts through a forest and as the bog comes into sight, there's a neat spiral staircase that goes to a lookout point that gives you an overview of the bog. It's about three flights of stairs to the top - and it was quite windy up there! The view is very much worth the effort.

    Back on terra firma, the trail cuts through the bog. Interpretive placards discuss the bog, how it was formed, and and the plants. Once again, unfortunately, there were spots where the plants are starting to overrun the trail. so you'll need to watch where you are walking. Overall though, this was a neat trail. There's even a nice little photo spot at the end as a reward.

    The tower From the overlook Bog area Relaxing at the midway point

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    Snowshoeing in the park

    by Canuck5 Updated Mar 14, 2012

    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 km
    Claire Fontaine Trail = 3.0 km
    Osprey Trail = 5.1 km
    Patterson shelter to Little Kouchibouguac River (LKR) walking bridge = 3.8 km
    LKR walking bridge to Middle Kouchibouguac shelter = 1.2 km
    Middle Kouchibouguac shelter to La Source shelter = 5.5 km
    Patterson to La Source (total) = 10.5 km

    They are all hiking trails during the summer months. The winter map doesn't clearly show the first three trails, so for those, you'll have to check the Park Map on their website, at this link: http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/nb/kouchibouguac/visit.aspx.

    There are also a number of wide cross-country trails that you can snowshoe beside.

    Address: Intersection of Routes 134 and 117, New Brunswick

    Phone: 506-876-2443

    Website: http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/nb/kouchibouguac/visit/Cartes-Maps/Hiver-Winter.aspx

    Snowshoeing the Kouchibouguac trails Snowshoeing the Osprey Trail. Snowshoeing the Claire Fontaine Trail. Rest shelter at Middle Kouchibouguac.
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  • biking and lynx watching!

    by wayne3664 Updated Aug 21, 2007

    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 around dusk. What a thrill!

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