Ride a bicycle along gentle trails and discover a diverse maritime environment
Kouchibouguac’s 60 kilometres of bicycle paths are ideal for gentle exploration. Pedal along well-maintained gravel-topped trails that lead past striking fields of wildflowers, multifaceted peat bogs, saltwater lagoons and grand Acadian woodland.
Alongside the Kouchibouguac River, natural formations of Sandstone Garden invite Zen-like relaxation—and make sure to get a photo of the famous Leaning Pine. Later, search for the “bridge under the bridge”—a less-travelled route traversing the meandering Black River. Popular Major Kollock Trail leads mountain bikers past bogs, through woodland and atop sand on a varied-terrain adventure.
Then watch the lobster fishermen bring in the day’s catch at Loggiecroft Wharf—one of two working commercial docks—and park your bike for a walk on Osprey Trail. Numerous rest shelters dot the crisscrossing routes. Directional signs are plentiful. Equal parts active and relaxing, this is some of Atlantic Canada’s finest riding.
A fat bike is a bicycle with over-sized tires on wide rims. They are designed to ride on soft unstable terrain like snow and sand. They have been a growing trend for several years and now considered an emerging sport.
Kouchibouguac National Park is well known as a biking destination, and the park introduced fat biking as a pilot project to visitors in March 2016.
Fat bikes are available to rent at the Visitor Centre for most of the year.
- Fat bikes are not permitted on the beach, dunes or coastal areas (beach, lagoons and rivers)
- Bicycles are available for rent at the Ryans Rental Centre.
- Shelters and dry toilets are located along the bikeway in the central area of the park.
- Wayfinding signs and locator maps are distributed throughout the trail system.
Pedal for Safety
Whether you cycle for sport, fun or just getting around, one fact is certain: your best protection against serious head injury caused by a fall or a collision is a bicycle helmet.
While a helmet can't prevent an accident, it can reduce the risk of severe injury, disability or even death. The group most at risk are children aged five to 14. About one-sixth of children's deaths each year are due to head or neck injuries that result from biking collisions or falls.
Adults must encourage children to wear helmets and set a good example by wearing them themselves – they can save young lives as well as their own.
The helmet should fit properly, be worn correctly and should be manufactured to meet strict safety standards.
Safety Approvals - In the province of New Brunswick, cyclists are required by law to wear an approved "certified" helmet. In Kouchibouguac National Park pedal for safety.