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From Shediac travel north on route 11 for approximately 75 kms and take exit 75. Turn right and after a short distance (1.3 km) you will come to a stop sign on the old highway (route 134). Go straight through the stop sign and you will soon come to the front gate to the park.
From Miramichi City travel south on route 11 for approximately 45 kms and take exit 75. Turn left and cross the overpass. After a short distance (1.7 km) you will come to a stop sign on the old highway (route 134). Go straight through the stop sign and you will soon come to the front gate to the park.
From Escuminac take route 117 south. After 24 km you will come to the north entrance to the park.
Kouchibouguac National Park is one of two National Parks in New Brunswick. The park is a coastal park and its most distintive feature is its long sand dune beaches. The park has many different types of habitats including lagoons, bogs, salt marshes, rivers and several different types of forests. There are also many opportunities to see many different types of bird and animal species in the different habitats. There are several short hiking trails that feature the habitats. There are also share-use bike trails throughout the park that provide access to the majority of the park.
The park was named after Kouchibouguac River. The word Kouchibouguac means "river of long tides" in Mi'kmaq. The park is 238 square kilometers.
The park was established in 1969 to protect the sensitve dunes and bogs. Parks Canada had difficulty exproprating the land from several familes that lived in the area. The most notable was Jackie Vautour who still lives on the property.
Trails in the park:
Great Canadian Parks: Kouchibouguac Natinoal Park - Part 1 (Airdate: 1998)
Great Canadian Parks: Kouchibouguac National Park - Part 2 (Airdate: 1998)
New Brunswick Adventures: Kouchibouguac Natinoal Park (Airdate: 2009)
Page Last Updated February 20, 2013.