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30 October 2011

Cross Canada and Back, Part 27

Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada, New Brunswick

It's July 21st and day 67 of our Cross Canada Round Trip

We had a short drive from Shediac north up to Kouchibouguac National Park. Kouchibouguac National Park in the Province of New Brunswick is located on the north coast of this beautiful province. Kouchibouguac is an absolutely wonderful park and we recommend to stay here at least 3-4 days. 

Kouchibouguac National Park

View Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada in a larger map

Kouchibouguac is of Mi'kmaq origin and means the "river of the long tides". Kouchibouguac is an incredible fascinating mosaic of bogs, salt water marshes, tidal rivers, a sparkling freshwater systems, sheltered lagoons, abandoned fields and tall forests that characterizes the Maritime Plain Natural Region. You will even find plants that eat bugs, pretty cool!

Liz with two park employees showing off the bug eating plants.

Bug eating plants, munch,  munch....

The campground is one of the best, even though it only offers electric service. The camp-sites are very large and you can get a wooded area or open. The open areas are in my opinion the best. They are level and have a fire pit/place.

Anders enjoying the fire.


Kouchibouguac National Park was established in 1969. The park is 238 km² and offers year around activities. Kouchibouguac River goes right through the park into the Northumberland Strait. This slow moving river is great for canoeing / kayaking and you will more then likely see some wildlife on your venture. We did not see any large animals when we were there, however this is black bear country so be alert. Canoe rental are available in the park.

At the mouth of Kouchibouguac River flowing into Northumberland Strait

Boardwalks over the lagoons to the sand dunes.

If you prefer to stroll the incredible sandy beaches  with sand dunes they seems to go on for ever, you will need weeks to cover them all. The water in this part of the Northumberland Strait is very warm in the summer and here are some of the warmest waters north of Virginia. The Kouchibouguac sand dunes are my absolute favourite and as you can tell from our pictures. It does not matter if the rain is coming down..... If it's warm, let it rain.

Liz on the beach at Kouchibouguac National Park

Lunch on the beach at Kouchibouguac National Park

So beautiful

We have a storm coming in

The park also has over 60 km of biking and hiking trails that are very popular. In the winter cross country skiing, snowshoeing and tobogganing are popular activities.

It's raining

Two wet rags

Just loving it

Kouchibouguac is a birdwatcher's paradise with the second largest Tern colony in North America. The sand dunes are also home to the endangered Piping Plover. 

Tern in flight

Tern diving

Got the fish?

Piping Plover

For more information on the park, check out the Park Canada website.

We have many more pictures from the park in our on line Picasa Web Album. Click image below or go directly to slide show.
Kouchibouguac National Park NB


Liz and Anders

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