From Pijeboogwek, snowshoe to the Patterson Shelter on a trail that will take you through one of the park's finest examples of the Acadian forest, especially around the astounding landscape around the Patterson Creek Valley.
Three other trails, two of which are accessible by car, are marked specifically for snowshoeing: Kouchibouguac River Trail and Osprey Trail. The Pines Trail is also marked for snowshoeing but is not easily accessible.
During the winter some of the Park roads are not opened making some sections of the Park more difficult to access for snowshoers. Unplowed during the winter, the Parkway that makes its way to the Petit-Large shelter (5.8 km) via the Pines trail is not marked for snowshoeing, however it is well suited for snowshoeing.
Snowshoes available for rent, 5 days a week, Thursday to Monday, at the Pijeboogwek waxing hut located across the road from the Park Information Centre. Quantities are limited. Call ahead to inquire about availability. (506) 876-2443.
Some of the reasons why snowshoeing is becoming more and more popular:
- No or very little coordination is required. It’s simple to learn for all ages
- Little preparation time needed before leaving on a hike.
- There’s low risk of injury and it’s easy on joints.
- It’s a superior calorie-burner - about 500/hour.
- It provides a great legs and buttocks workout - and arms too, if you add poles.
- You can explore out-of-the-way places.
- Snowshoeing is inexpensive - especially compared with other winter sports.