The Most Definitive Guide to Hiking in New Brunswick
|Estimated Time||7 to 12 days|
|Elevation Change||2650 meters (see elevation profile in description)|
|Features||Acadian forest, river, waterfalls, teepees, rope bridges|
|Trail Markers||Turtle Trail and road access signs, blue paint|
|Scenary Rating||must see|
|Maintenance Rating||well maintained|
|GPS File||soon available on Avenza|
There are many way to access the Nepisiguit Mi'gmaq Trail. The following main access points are where the trail crosses roads:
- Greenbelt Lane near Bathurst
- Middle Landing
- Heath Steele Bridge
- Popple Depot
- Nepisiguit Lakes in Mount Carleton Park
There are also many access points in between that require river crossings. For more details check out the details section descriptions on the Migmaq Trail page.
The Nepisiguit Mi'maq Trail travels along the Nepisiguit River starting at Rough Waters just outside of Bathurst, and ending at Nepisiquit Lakes at Mount Carleton Provincial Park. The total trail is 141 kilometers in length and can be extended across Bathurst on an old railbed trail to Daly Point Nature Preserve. This adds on approximately 7 kilometres to the trail.
The trail cuts through the wildest part of the province and passes some of the most beautiful waterfalls, including Pabineau Falls, which is one of the most impressive in the province. As the trail approaches Mount Carleton Provincial Park the mountains rise around the river. The trail stays relatively flat because it follows the river valley.
The trail is based on an ancient first nations travel route. The Nepisiguit River is one of three main New Brunswick rivers that have their headwaters in Mount Carleton Park. This made it an important hub.
Although the trail had been completely brushed out in the late 1990's there had been minimal follow up maintenance. In 2018 the trail was completely reclaimed and is now promoted as one of the province's signature trails. The trail has large teepees at two of the campsites to use and plan more in the future. There are plans to require them to be reserved through the provincial park campsite registration system starting in 2019.
This is a remote wilderness trail so take the necessary precautions to stay safe. Once you leave the Bathurst area you are on your own.