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Kouchibouguac National Park

A couple on the boardwalk at Kelly's Beach
Kellys Beach Boardwalk
© Parks Canada

Natural Wonders and Cultural Treasures

Bog Trail Bog at Kouchibouguac National Park
© Parks Canada / L. Barnes

Kouchibouguac National Park is a fascinating mosaic of bogs, salt marshes, tidal rivers, sparkling freshwater systems, sheltered lagoons, abandoned fields and tall forests which characterizes the Maritime Plain Natural Region.

Natural wonders abound in this Park that boasts the second largest tern colony in North America. As well, the 25 kilometres of shifting sand dunes are home to the endangered piping plover and witness to colonies of both harbour and grey seals that frolic in the sunshine on certain sections of the dunes.

Piping Plover Piping Plover
© Parks Canada

The name Kouchibouguac (Kou-she-boo-gwack) is of Mi'kmaq origin and means “river of the long tides”. Established in 1969, this 238 square kilometre national park provides a host of exciting family activities.

In 2009, Kouchibouguac National Park was declared a Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

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