Amazing sea life and sand dune discoveries await at Kellys Beach!

Family fun and unique discovery awaits in Kouchibouguac. Begin your adventure with a scenic stroll atop Kellys Beach Boardwalk, wandering above salt-marsh grass toward lagoons brimming with life.

With an engaging interpretive guide at the lead, kick off your shoes, roll up your pants and peruse these waters, wading through the natural home of dozens of vital marine species—all hiding in plain sight within biodiverse seawater.

Dip net and bucket at the ready, you’ll search for hermit crabs, mussels, oysters, sand shrimp, moonsnails and sticklebacks—unearthing a plethora of intriguing information about each before you gently return the creature to its natural habitat. Though popular with children, adults revel in the fun as well, recapturing youthful memories in an enchanting ecosystem.

The lagoons of Kellys Beach beckon—discover their secrets for yourself.

Lifeguard 4 young women running on the beach kellys boardwalk


The 1 km long boardwalk at Kellys Beach is without a doubt the most travelled trail in the Park. As well as providing access to Kellys Beach, this trail will also help you understand the evolution of the barrier island dunes.

On your way to the beach take time to read the interpretive signs. You will be amazed at how much life really exists in this very fragile habitat.

Please note

  • The canteen usually operates from Mid may to early September. 
  • Lifeguards are on site from late June to late August.
  • Respect the fences set to protect Piping Plover nesting sites and the vegetation.
  • Bicycles are not permitted on the boardwalk.
  • Dogs are not permitted on the boardwalk or on the barrier islands of Kellys Beach.
  • Call (506) 876-2443 for more information.

Activities, services and facilities at Kellys Beach

Swimming symbol Swimming
Parking symbol Parking on site
Exhibit symbol Interpretive panels
Shower symbol Showers
Lifeguard symbol Lifeguards
Toilet symbol Washrooms
Lookout Lookouts
Snack bar symbol Canteen
Picnic symbol Picnic area
Wheelchair accessible symbol Wheelchair accessible