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Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada

Information Bulletins / News Releases


Electrical Power Returns to All Sectors of Kouchibouguac National Park

KOUCHIBOUGUAC, NEW BRUNSWICK, July 8, 2014 — Parks Canada advises that electrical power is now reestablished in all sectors of Kouchibouguac National Park, including the South Kouchibouguac Campground, the Kellys Beach area and the Ryans sector.

Work to repair and clean trails, and evaluations of the storm’s impact on several coastal structures, such as the floating wharves at Ryans, will continue today. In the interest of visitor safety, certain trails will remain closed to conduct clean-up and repair work.

Please visit www.reservation.pc.gc.ca or call 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783) regarding campground reservations.

For more information, please call the Parks Canada national information line at 1-888-773-8888. (Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-866-787-6221) or call Kouchibouguac National Park directly at 1-506-876-2443.

Kouchibouguac National Park advisory following Post Tropical Storm Arthur

KOUCHIBOUGUAC, NEW BRUNSWICK, July 6, 2014 – Parks Canada advises that certain trails in Kouchibouguac National Park will remain closed today in order to conduct cleaning and repairs following the passage through the area of Post Tropical Storm Arthur. Trails that are closed are marked with yellow tape.

Visitors planning camping activities in the park are also advised that electrical services are not available in the South Kouchibouguac Campground at this time. Coordination of repairs to power lines is currently underway and will be reestablished as soon as possible.

Visitors are asked to contact Kouchibouguac National Park directly (1-506-876-2443) for more information on trail openings or the status in the park’s campground.

Please visit www.reservation.pc.gc.ca  or call 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783) regarding campground reservations.

The Endangered Piping Plover has Returned to Kouchibouguac National Park

KOUCHIBOUGUAC (NEW BRUNSWICK), June 23, 2014 — The endangered piping plover has once again returned to its breeding grounds on the beaches of Kouchibouguac National Park. During the breeding season from mid-April to August, piping plovers are extremely vulnerable to disturbances caused by dogs or human activities which may result in birds abandoning their breeding territories and nests.

Parks Canada is taking measures to ensure that the piping plover has a successful breeding season in 2014. So far, nine nests are established on the park’s beaches. A section of Kellys Beach is currently closed to the public to protect a pair of breeding piping plovers and their nest. The closed area is located on a marked section of Kellys Beach between the high water mark and the crest of the dune. Although this section of the beach is closed, there is still lots of space for the public to enjoy the salty water and warm sand of the park. The other nests are located on more remote beaches with little or no human activity. Once chicks have taken flight, Parks Canada will re-open the closed areas. Domestic animals, particularly dogs, are not permitted on Kouchibouguac National Park dunes.

A piping plover banding research program is currently underway at Kouchibouguac National Park and other beaches of the Atlantic region. Parks Canada is asking for the public’s assistance to report any sightings of the piping plover wearing a black band on one of his legs at the park’s Visitor Reception Centre. To volunteer to monitor piping plovers at the park or to become a Piping Plover Guardian, please call 506-876-2443. Parks Canada wishes to thank the public for its understanding and collaboration on this important conservation matter.

Through initiatives like these, Parks Canada is supporting Canada's National Conservation Plan by taking practical actions to conserve Canada’s lands and waters, restore its ecosystems, and connect Canadians to nature.

The Mi’gmag and Wolastoqiyik of New Brunswick and Parks Canada Sign a Five-Year Agreement
for Free Entrance to National Parks 

MONCTON (NEW BRUNSWICK), June 21, 2014 —  In celebration of National Aboriginal Day, a new vehicle identifier program for free entry for First Nations into Parks Canada places in New Brunswick was launched today. The Mi’gmag and Wolastoqiyik of New Brunswick now have entry without charge to Kouchibouguac and Fundy national parks, as well as all national historic sites administered by Parks Canada in New Brunswick thanks to a five-year agreement recently signed between the Assembly of First Nations’ Chiefs in New Brunswick and the Parks Canada Agency.

This agreement was concluded through the collaborative efforts of the New Brunswick First Nations Advisory Committee for Parks Canada, created in 2010.

The Parks Vehicle Identifier Program will ensure that common objectives in historical and natural resource conservation are met. It also supports the key pillars of the recently announced National Conservation Plan to conserve and restore our lands and waters and to connect Canadians to nature.

Parks Canada manages a network of 44 national parks, 167 national historic sites and four national marine conservation areas, while setting the stage and inviting Canadians and people from around the world to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery at Canada’s treasured natural and historic places.

Quick Facts 

  • The New Brunswick First Nations Advisory Committee for Parks Canada meets 3 to 4 times per year to share information, increase awareness and ensure the interests of the First Nations are considered in park management decisions. 
  • The committee is composed of 2 representatives of the Assembly of First Nations’ Chiefs, 2 elders, 2 representatives from Fundy National Park and 2 representatives from Kouchibouguac National Park, along with advisors and staff from the Assembly of First Nations’ Chiefs in New Brunswick.

Quotes

“This Government values our relationship with First Nations across Canada. This project is an example of how collaborative partnerships can increase awareness of First Nations’ history in New Brunswick, while strengthening the relationship between First Nations and government."
The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche

“The Vehicle Identifier will be issued to all Mi’gmag and Wolastoqiyik individuals who possess a valid AANDC ‘Status Card’ or Band Membership Card. The passes can be obtained through local band offices, the Assembly office in Fredericton and at the parks’ offices.”
Chief George Ginnish, Assembly of First Nations’ Chiefs in New Brunswick, Mi’gmag co-Chair

Associated Links 

http://www.chiefsnb.ca/ 
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/nb/kouchibouguac.aspx 
http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/nb/fundy.aspx

Online Camping Reservations for Kouchibouguac National Park Coming Soon!

Reserve your site as of April 11, 2014!

KOUCHIBOUGUAC NATIONAL PARK (NEW BRUNSWICK), Monday, April 7, 2014 – There's an excited buzz these days at Kouchibouguac National Park with the upcoming launch of the online campground reservation system on April 11, 2014. This year is the first time the Côte-à-Fabien campground will be included in the reservation system. At the South Kouchibouguac campground, which has been on the system for a few years, campers can reserve specific sites based on their preferences.

The South Kouchibouguac campground is undergoing major upgrades with the addition, for the first time, of all three services (water, sewer and electricity) to over a quarter of its sites. The work will be completed by early summer 2014 and also includes the addition of electricity to some formerly unserviced sites.

The Kouchibouguac National Park camping experience provides today's visitors with the experience they want and expect.

Quick Facts

  • The South Kouchibouguac campground has 311 sites: 71 sites with 3 services (water, electricity and sewer), 98 sites with electricity, and 142 unserviced sites.
  • The Côte-à-Fabien campground offers 32 unserviced sites.
  • The ban on bringing firewood into the park (for campfires) remains in effect for 2014. Visitors can buy firewood on site.

Quotes

"With a revamped camping experience at Kouchibouguac National Park, we hope to see greater numbers of campers. Visitors will enjoy the same professional service as before and an even better camping experience."

Robert Moreau, Superintendent, Parks Canada, New Brunswick North Field Unit

"Everything is in place for the April 11 launch of the 2014 online reservation for Kouchibouguac National Park and the Agency as a whole. For the first time, Côte-à-Fabien campground users will be able to reserve their favourite site in advance."

Camilla Vautour, Visitor Experience Manager, Kouchibouguac National Park

Associated Links

Reservations: www.reservation.parkscanada.gc.ca
Information: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/kouchibouguac