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Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada

First person view of a kayaker in Kouchibouguac National Park at sunset
Kayaking in Kouchibouguac National Park
© AMICA / Pierre Laroque

Canoeing / Kayaking

Paddling on the river Discovery, seclusion and peace.
© Parks Canada / Brian Atkinson

Paddling in Kouchibouguac National Park is an excellent opportunity to see the park like you've never seen it before! Canoe or kayak along the waterways where the Mi'kmaq paddled for thousands of years.

Short or long distance paddles bring you to destinations that offer discovery, seclusion and peace.

Kouchibouguac's flat rivers and lagoons hide many bays and inlets, where nesting ducks gather and otters feed. The sheltered lagoon is carpeted with large beds of eelgrass hiding fish and crabs.

If you choose to spend the night, two backcountry campgrounds are available for canoe camping: Sipu and Pointe-à-Maxime

Canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and rowboats are available for rent at the Ryans Rental Centre.

Recommended paddling excursions

Safety Tips

  • Always wear an approved lifejacket when using a watercraft.
  • Navigate safely and share the water with other recreational & commercial fishing boats at Loggiecroft and Cape Saint-Louis.
  • Plan appropriately - choose a trip suitable for your level of experience and current conditions such as weather and water levels. Go in groups of two or more canoes.
  • Leave word of your plans and when you expect to return.
  • Return with all your garbage to be disposed of appropriately.