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HOLIDAY WATER 2019 - NEW BRUNSWICK NATIONAL PARKS
By Suzanne Forcese
Canada's gems continue to awe. Water Today explored the two National Parks in New Brunswick discovering the incredible beauty of this Atlantic Province and the plethora of year- round - outdoor activities. Here are some of the highlights.
Fundy National Park
Located on the Bay of Fundy, renowned for its high tides and natural beauty, the Park covers 206 sq. km and boasts excellent hiking trails and outdoor recreational facilities near the village of Alma, New Brunswick. The Park showcases a rugged coastline which rises up to the Canadian Highlands, the highest tides in the world and more than 25 waterfalls. Set up in your choice of campgrounds, then set off for adventure. Explore over 120 km of walking hiking trails through mountains, valleys, past sparkling waterfalls, crystal clear streams and the richness of the Acadian forest. There are hundreds of different plant species including the rare bird's-eye primrose found only in Fundy National Park. This flowering plant took root in the area when the glaciers melted back from the coast millions of years ago.
The famous Bay of Fundy tides are best explored at the Hopewell Rocks, where you can walk around the famous "flowerpot rocks” at low tide checking the floor for sea creatures. Bike along the Fundy trail, rappel down craggy cliffs at Cape Enrage, set up camp or head out to a whale watching excursion. A taste of Atlantic culture will take you through pristine forests, and unique campgrounds with regular music performances. Fundy is a maritime treasure.
Put a new spin to an old tradition by staying in one of Fundy's oTENTiks, yurts, rustic cabins or the Oasis to glam up your camping style. Plan ahead and book your stay early at www.reservation.pc.gc.ca
Headquarters Camping is for those looking for camping made easy offers great views of the Bay, access to all services and facilities - including a natural playground. The grounds are within walking distance of the village of Alma, and offer easy access to hiking trails,and the outdoor theatre. The site which is on a semi-wooded setting includes 10 oTENTik and 5 Yurts. The water is safe to drink.
Cannontown Campground is for the camper-style traveller. All sites are fully serviced and have their own fire-pit. They are all in woodland and some have views of the Bay. The playground, golf course, the Salt & Fir Centre are close by and the salt-water pool is just up the road. Easy access to hiking trails, the outdoor theatre and the village of Alma. A total of 30 serviced sites with electricity, water and sewer are available. Amenities include washrooms with showers and a dumping station. Safe drinking water available.
Chignecto Campground has serviced and un-serviced sites with campfire pits. Great for families looking for active, outdoor adventure, it is close to hiking/biking trails, playgrounds, the public program campfire circle and the astronomy viewing site.
Chignecto North located 4 km NW of Park Headquarters is a large wooded campground where fog is a rare occurrence. 13 oTENTiks are available for glampers.
Washrooms/showers, laundry facilities, fire pits potable water are found here.
Pointe Wolfe Campground
Note: due to clearance restrictions access to this campground is limited to a max vehicle/equipment length of 7.3 m(24 ft) and a height of 4.4 m(13 ft)
Simple front country camping with un-serviced sites Pointe Wolfe is the heart of some of Fundy's most spectacular coastal wilderness. Getting there is an enchanting experience – you have to cross the Pointe Wolfe covered bridge to access this campground. There is access to many hiking trails and one that will take you down the rugged Fundy shore. The campground has many sites in the open as well as 10 oTENTiks in a forested area. Potable water is available.
For a challenging way to enjoy the park's beauty try camping at one of the 8 backcountry campsites located at Goose River, Marven Lake, Tracey Lake or Chambers Lake. Bring your own drinking water.
Kouchibouguac National Park
Kouchibougac means ‘The River of long tides'. This 238 sq. km National Park stretches along the Acadian Coastal Drive boasting Canada's warmest salt water beaches, 25 km of sand dunes and a 1 km boardwalk. On the east coast of New Brunswick, highlights of the park also include forests and sheltered lagoons. Take the family for an unforgettable camping adventure. As a Designated Dark Sky Preserve, the sky is a true celestial masterpiece. In winter, it's a snowbound fun-zone. Each of these natural wonders intertwines with Mi'kmaq and Acadian cultures.
Kellys Beach is the perfect spot to relax, swim and build a sandcastle. The beach is supervised and offers access to change rooms, washrooms/ showers, a canteen and picnic areas.
Callanders Beach is a salt and fresh water beach on a shallow lagoon ideal for wading, kayaking or canoeing. This unsupervised beach has a dry toilet. There is a large field offering an excellent spot to fly a kite or have a picnic.
Winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, winter walking and back-country camping. Trails start at Pijeboogwek, a cozy, heated hut where you can wax your skis or rent equipment. For a more rustic winter accommodation, shelters are located along the cross- country ski trail.
The fresh and salt water mix at Callanders Beach creates warm nutrient-rich pools that are ideal for fish, shellfish, crustaceans, waterfowl, and plants. Archaeological finds confirm these resources helped sustain First Nations for thousands of years.
A Voyageur Canoe Adventure with and interpretive guide will paddle you through calm estuarine waters to spot ospreys, bald eagles and terns overhead. Or paddle the Voyageur Canoe through protected ocean waters to a lively grey seal colony.
The Big Wigwam at Callanders Beach provides an interpretive immersion in centuries' old Mi'gmaq culture revealing the deep roots of the Mi'gmaq people through historical stories, entertaining folklore, dance, traditional regalia and deep spirituality.
Voted one of "The Best Campgrounds with Beaches in Canada”, by Canadian Living Magazine, campers can appreciate the privacy and tranquility that Kouchibouguac offers.
South Kouchibouguac Campground
Privacy. Safety. Roomy and well-maintained. Everything is set up with a choice of wooded, semi-wooded and open sites for every expectation. Featuring the glampers favorite oTENtiks, these are completely equipped campsites with drinking water, electrical hookup, Wi-Fi Tours and Programs Toilets, showers, a playground and firewood. You can enjoy cycling on the over 60 km of bike trails interconnecting throughout the park to discover the diverse maritime plains ecosystems. The more adventurous will not want to miss the Major Kollock Creek mountain bike trail. The park grooms trails for ‘fat bikes' in the winter making this a year-round cycling destination.
Cote-a-Fabien Campground is smaller (32 sites) and is located in a more isolated area of the park. Un-serviced, with dry toilets and hand pumps for water, it is located along the Kouchibouguac Lagoon, near a fishing wharf ((Loggiecroft), the Osprey Hiking Trail and gives access to the park's cycling paths. Park officials suggest you bring your own drinking water.
Back Country Camping
There are 3 different camping experiences: on foot, by bicycle, by canoe/kayak. Each one of these primitive campgrounds offers fireplaces, picnic tables and pit toilets. Firewood is available on site. Well water is available at 2 of the 3 back country campgrounds however these wells are under a boil water advisory. Ask park attendants about the water situation.
Petit-Large primitive camping with 8 sites is open year round and is accessible by bicycle or on foot. Located in a field surrounded by forest, it is about 3.5 km from the Pijeboogwek parking lot and 0.5 km from the Petit-Large shelter.
Point-a-Maxine Canoe Campground has 4 sites accessible only by canoe/kayak located in the southern part of the park near Cap Saint-Louis Wharf. No well water available here.
Sipu Canoe Campground has 4 sites and can be reached by canoe or on foot located along the Kouchibougac River.
Firewood Bulletin: As a result of having confirmed the presence of the Brown Spruce Longhorn Beetle the importation of firewood is prohibited in the park. Parks Canada will take all reasonable measures to ensure the continued health of the parks forests by adhering to the Don't Move Firewood Campaign.
The mosaic of salt marshes, peat bogs, freshwaters systems, Acadian woodland and sandy beaches is sure to captivate you.
The National Parks of New Brunswick are yours to discover.
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