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Kouchibouguac National Park

Grey seals in the water
Grey seals
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Natural wonders and cultural treasures

Kouchibouguac in a nutshell
  • Established in 1969
  • Protected area of 2382 km
  • Over 25 km of shifting sand dunes
  • Maximum elevation of 30 m above sea level
  • Dark Sky Preserve since 2009
  • The name Kouchibouguac is of Mi'kmaq origin and means "river of long tides"

Welcome to Kouchibouguac National Park!

The park extends over 238-square-kilometres of Maritime Plain Natural Region along New Brunswick’s scenic Acadian Coast. This mosaic of salt marshes, peat bogs, freshwater systems, Acadian woodland and sandy beaches has long captivated guests, one generation to the next.

Hundreds of species of birds, dozens of mammals as well as amphibians, reptiles, rare plants and a wide variety of sea life inhabit this park, and the landscape welcomes exploration via its network of gentle hiking and cycling trails. Offshore, shifting sand dunes harbour the endangered piping plover and a colony of grey seals swims in the sea. Stargazing takes a unique perspective in this coastal Dark Sky Preserve. Kellys Beach is one of the region’s most popular summertime destinations. And in winter, the snowy side of Kouchibouguac invites soft adventure with cross-country trails and cosy warm-up huts.

Piping Plover
Piping Plover
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Kellys Beach boardwalk
Kellys Beach boardwalk
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