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Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada

5 Winter Activities to Add to your Checklist

Black bears hibernate, but that doesn't mean you have to! Kouchibouguac National Park is open year-round and has plenty of experiences to offer in the winter. To get you started, here are just a few ideas:

Take part in the 32nd edition of the "Boules de neige" Loppet!
Skiers compete in the
© P. Merrells Gadd

Skiers who seek a personal challenge and friendly competition or just the fun of participating will not be disappointed. The 32nd "Boules de neige" Loppet is scheduled for Sunday, March 1, 2015. Sign up now!

Enjoy a family picnic in our cozy warm-up huts
A family warming up in the rustic shelter
© Province of New Brunswick, Department of Tourism & Parks

Looking for a place to warm up while you're out on the trails? No problem! Have a picnic at one of our 7 cozy shelters, located along the cross country ski trails. We provide the firewood; you bring the food and hot chocolate!

Snowshoeing off the beaten path
A man is snowshoeing near the Bog Trail
© D. Kane

If you're in a snowshoeing kind of mood, we have plenty of trails to fill your boots! Feeling more adventurous? Then go off the beaten path and create your own trail! There's plenty of room for everyone! Snowshoe rentals available.

Tobogganing at Patterson
Kids playing in the snow near the Patterson Shelter 
© N. Daigle

Spend a day with the family on the hill! Located about 2 km from the Pijeboogwek parking lot, you'll find the Tobogganing / sliding hill just behind the Patterson shelter. It is equipped with dry toilets, picnic tables and wood stoves. This is a perfect family adventure!

Go on a bird watching trek
A couple are observing nature through their binoculars
© Parks Canada

There's really nothing quite like observing wildlife in a national park... especially with absolutely no mosquitoes to bug you! Bird watching in winter is a fun and easy way to spend the day in the park. Bring your mittens and binoculars!

For Your Safety

  • Remember that you are responsible for your own safety and security!
  • In case of an accident or emergency call 911. Be prepared for the possibility that you may have to wait for help if you have an accident.
  • Cell phone coverage is not available everywhere. Pay phones are located at Pijeboogwek and at the visitor reception centre.
  • Avoid hypothermia and frostbites by dressing appropriately. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. Check air temperature and wind chill factor before skiing.
  • Make sure to tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. Stay on designated trails.
  • Check ice conditions before crossing rivers and estuaries.

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Winter Activities Menu

Cross Country Ski Backcountry Camping Hiking Snowshoeing Tobogganing Abri rustique Birdwatching