• General backcountry camping information

    Operating Season (Nights):
    • May 19 to October 29, 2017.
    Reservable Period (Nights):
    • May 19 to October 29, 2017.
    • For backcountry reservations that wish to have their permits issued in advance please contact the Visitor Reception Centre (506-887-6000) the day before your arrival date.
    Reservable Percentage:
    • 100% reservable
    Kiosk Hours: Visitor Reception Centre:
    • May 19 – June 22: 8:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
    • June 23 – September 3: 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
    • September 4 – October 29: 8:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
    After Hours Registration:
    • Registration after hours is not available.
    • Permits must be issued in time for campers to reach their destination in daylight hours.
    Check In Time:
    • Any time on the date of arrival. Please keep in mind that the site may be occupied until 11:00 a.m.
    • Permit must be issued from the Visitor Reception Centre in time to reach destination during daylight hours.
    Check Out Time:
    • Before 11:00 a.m.
    • Please stop at the Visitor Reception Centre or contact us at 506-887-6000 during operating hours to let us know that you have returned safely from the backcountry.
    Quiet Hours:
    • No excessive noise at anytime.
    Maximum Length of Stay:
    • 21 nights
    Maximum Persons per Site:
    • Chambers Lake site #1 - 4 people
    • Marven Lake site #2 – 8 people
    • Goose River sites #’s 4 and 5 – 4 people
    • Goose River site #6 – 8 people
    • Foster Brook site # 10 – 8 people
    • Tracey Lake site # 11 – 4 people
    • Tracey Lake site #12 – 8 people
    Maximum Camping Units per Site:
    • Chambers Lake site #1 – 1 tent on 1 pad
    • Marven Lake site #2 – 2 tents on 2 pads
    • Goose River sites #’s 4 and 5 – 1 tent on 1 pad
    • Goose River site #6 – 2 tents on 2 pads
    • Foster Brook site # 10 – 3 tents on 3 pads
    • Tracey Lake site # 11 – 1 tent on 1 pad
    • Tracey Lake site #12 – 2 tents on 2 pads
    Fire Policy:
    • Campfires are permitted at the following locations (Firewood is provided):
      • Chambers Lake site #1
      • Marven Lake site #2
      • Goose River sites #’s 4, 5 and 6
      • Tracey Lake site #12
      • Please note: you may only make a fire in the pit provided for this purpose.
    • Campfires are NOT permitted at the following locations:
      • Foster Brook site # 10
      • Tracey Lake site # 11
    Alcohol Policy:
    • Not applicable.
    Pet Policy:
    • Pets must be kept on a leash at all times. They must not be left unattended. You must pick up after your pet at all times.
    Additional Information:
    • Please do not burn garbage in the fire pits provided at certain campsites. Do not dump garbage in the pit privies. You must pack out all garbage. Bags are provided upon registration.
    • Please make certain that a copy of your camping and entrance permit are displayed on your vehicle dash. Keep the second copy of the camping permit on your person.
    • Cell phone reception is very poor and even non-existent in the backcountry.
    • Backcountry campsites can only be reached by backpacking or mountain biking (distances vary between 3 and 8 km).
    • Water is not provided. Please carry in water.

    Backcountry Camping Locations:

    • Chamber and Marven Lakes:
      • Located next to two of the Park’s inland lakes, the backcountry campsites are reached by backpacking or mountain biking the Marven Lake trail or the Bennett Brook trail. The first 2 km of the Marven Lake trail are on a very steep uphill grade. The balance of the trail has more gradual elevation changes. The first 5 km of the Bennett Brook trail have moderate elevation changes. The final 3 km drop sharply into the Point Wolfe River valley and then climb very steeply to the Chambers and Marven lake area. You will have to carry your mountain bike on this section of the trail. You will also have to ford the Point Wolfe River along this section. Water levels may not permit you to cross the Point Wolfe River safely. Please inquire on river crossing conditions when registering for your site at the Visitor Reception Centre. Please allow sufficient travel time to reach your campsite in daylight.
      • The nearest areas to park your car and backpack or mountain bike from are:
        • Point Wolfe Beach parking lot for access via the Marven Lake Trail
        • Bennett Lake parking lot for access via the Bennett Brook Trail

      • GPS Coordinates:
        • Chambers Lake site #1
        • Latitude: 45.576141
        • Longitude: -65.084013
        • Marven Lake site #2
        • Latitude: 45.572744
        • Longitude: -65.090103
    • Goose River:
      • Located at the Park’s South West boundary, the backcountry campsites are reached by backpacking or mountain biking the Goose River trail. The first 2 km of this trail are on a very steep uphill grade. The elevation changes for the balance of the trail vary from gradual to moderate. Campsites #’s 4 and 5 are at the cliff top with views of the Bay of Fundy. Site #6 is located on the beach next to Goose River. The decent to the beach is very steep. If arriving by mountain bike for site #6, you will have to leave your bike at the top of the bluff. Please allow sufficient travel time to reach the campground in daylight. Firewood is located near site #4. You will have to carry your firewood down from the top of the bluff if staying on site #6.
      • The Goose River campsites can also be accessed via the Fundy Footpath, a rugged hiking trail that leads to the Park from Saint Martins. If arriving from the Footpath, please make certain that you have a reservation to camp at Goose River.
      • The nearest area to park your car and backpack or mountain bike from is:
        • Point Wolfe Beach parking lot

      • GPS Coordinates:
        • Goose River site #4
        • Latitude: 45.526446
        • Longitude: -65.091844
        • Goose River site #5
        • Latitude: 45.526279
        • Longitude: -65.092645
        • Goose River site #6
        • Latitude: 45.526584
        • Longitude: -65.094628
    • Foster Brook:
      • Located next to the Point Wolfe River, this backcountry campsite is reached by backpacking the Foster Brook trail or a portion of the Marven Lake trail to the Foster brook trail. The first 1.9 km of the Foster Brook trail starts with a steady uphill climb, followed by a very steep descent into the Point Wolfe River valley. The next 1 km to the campsite follows the river upstream and has more gradual elevation changes. If accessing the campsite from the Marven Lake trail, the first 2 km of the Marven Lake trail are on a very steep uphill grade. The balance of the trail to the junction with the Foster Brook trail has more gradual elevation changes. From here, it’s a 1.4 km very steep descent into the Point Wolfe River valley. At this point, you will have to ford the Point Wolfe River. The campsite is located a short distance downstream from the river crossing. Water levels may not permit you to cross the Point Wolfe River safely. Please inquire on river crossing conditions when registering for your site at the Visitor Reception Centre. Please allow sufficient travel time to reach your campsite in daylight.
      • The nearest areas to park your car and backpack from are:
        • Foster Brook trailhead parking lot for access from the Foster Brook trail
        • Point Wolfe Beach parking lot for access via the Marven Lake Trail

      • GPS Coordinates:
        • Foster Brook site #10
        • Latitude: 45.570815
        • Longitude: -65.033936
    • Tracey Lake:
      • Located next to one of the Parks inland lakes, the backcountry campsites are reached by backpacking the Tracey Lake trail from either Bennett Lake or Laverty Lake. The entire length of the trail has gradual elevation changes. From Bennett Lake, campsite # 11 will be found 3.3 km from the trailhead. Campsite #12 is located 0.9 km further along the trail. There is a stream that must be crossed partway to Tracey Lake. This stream can be difficult to cross after heavy rains. From Laverty Lake, campsite # 12 will be found 2.7 km from the trailhead. Campsite #11 is located 0.9 km further along the trail. This section of the Tracey Lake trail tends to remain very wet. Please allow sufficient travel time to reach your campsite in daylight.
      • The nearest areas to park your car and backpack from are:
        • Bennett Lake parking lot
        • Laverty Lake parking area

      • GPS Coordinates:
        • Tracey Lake site #11
        • Latitude: 45.648829
        • Longitude: -65.073912
        • Tracey Lake site #12
        • Latitude: 45.652876
        • Longitude: -65.070134

    Fundy Circuit:

    • The Fundy Circuit is a loop made up by connecting several of the trails in Fundy National Park to form a multi-day backcountry camping experience. Three days backpacking and two nights camping in the backcountry will be required to complete this circuit. Please reserve your site well in advance of your trip. The total distance hiked over the three days will be approximately 50 km.
    • On day one, you will be required to hike the Coastal trail from the Park Headquarters area to the Point Wolfe area. From there, you will cross the Point Wolfe covered bridge to access the Shiphaven trail. At the end of the Shiphaven trail, cross the parking lot to gain access to the Marven lake trail. Hike to the end of the Marven Lake trail.
    • You will camp at either Chambers or Marven Lake for your first night in the backcountry.
    • On day two, you will hike the Bennett Brook trail that leaves from the Chambers/Marven Lake area to Bennett Lake. At the back of the Bennett Lake parking area, you will gain access to the Tracey Lake trail. Follow this trail to Tracey Lake.
    • You will camp at one of the two sites at Tracey Lake for your second night in the backcountry.
    • On day three, you will leave Tracey Lake and continue on the Tracey Lake trail to Laverty Lake. From here, follow the driveway and go left on the Laverty Road. At the end of the Laverty Road, you will find the start of the forks trail. Follow the forks trail to its end. Here you will connect with the Upper Salmon River trail. Follow this trail to its end. You will find yourself at the Upper Salmon River trail parking lot near the Visitor Reception Centre.
    • There are several rivers that will have to be forded along the Fundy Circuit. They are the Point Wolfe River, The Broad River, the Forty-Five River and the Upper Salmon River. You will also be required to cross several smaller brooks. Water levels may not always permit you to cross these safely. These crossings may require you to change your travel plans. Please inquire on river crossing conditions when registering for your sites at the Visitor Reception Centre.
    • Due to high spring water levels at the River Crossings, the circuit is usually not accessible until the first part of June.
    • The campsites along the Fundy Circuit route are very popular. Please make your reservation ahead of time so that you are not disappointed.
    • The best place to park your car and backpack from will be either the Upper Salmon River trail Parking lot or the Administration Building parking lot both located near the Visitor Reception Centre. Please do not leave your vehicle at the Visitor Reception Centre parking lot.
  • Fees

    • For information regarding camping fees for Fundy National Park please see our Fees page.
  • If there is no vacancy

    Fundy National Park does not have backcountry sites available on a first come first served basis. If there are no sites available for the dates selected, you can either select different dates, or reserve a site in one of our front country campgrounds.

  • Require additional information?

    Reservation service:

    General park information:

    • 1-888-773-8888 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, April to September, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, October to March) or fundy.info@pc.gc.ca.

    For information and reservations for our Yurts, oTENTiks or front country campsites:

    For information and reservations for Group camping:

    • Located near Chignecto North (groups must register at the Visitor Reception Centre). No minimum, maximum 50 people. Washroom buildings - no showers. (group = registered non profit groups)
    • 506-887-6000
  • Terms and definitions

    Site-specific
    Guests select the specific campsite or accommodation when they make their reservation. All front-country camping reservations made through the Parks Canada Reservation Service (PCRS) are site-specific reservations.
    Operating Season (Nights)
    The "Operating Season" is the nights that the campground is open. Sometimes the campgrounds are open for longer than the period for which they accept reservations. Any dates of the "Operating Season" outside of the "Reservable Period" are dates that the campground operates on a first come, first served basis only.
    Reservable Period (Nights)
    The "Reservable Period" is the nights for which you can make a camping or accommodation reservation. Note that many campgrounds may be open longer than this period, and operate outside of these dates on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Kiosk
    The administration/entrance booth of a particular campground, this is where you "check-in" and register your arrival.
    Vehicle
    Car, truck, motorcycle, truck-camper, motorhome, or recreational vehicle. A motor home pulling another vehicle may count as two vehicles.
    Camping Unit
    Tent, tent-trailer, truck-camper, trailer, 5th wheel, motorhome or recreational vehicle.
    Serviced Site

    Refers to a campsite offering either electrical, water, and/or sewer hook-ups or any combination of these services directly on the campsite. Fully-serviced sites offer electrical, potable water, and sewer hook-ups. "Unserviced" sites do not offer any of these hook-ups.

    The terms "serviced" and "unserviced" refer to the individual campsites; they do not refer to the washroom facilities or other amenities available at the campground.

    Drive-through Site
    Campsite where the driver does not have to reverse their vehicle to exit (there is a separate entrance and exit to the individual campsite). Ideal for larger vehicles and trailers.
    Walk-in Site
    Campsite which requires some degree of walking to access the site, and therefore requires a tent. Vehicle will be parked a short distance away.
    Overflow Site
    Overflow campsites vary from park to park, and may range from a paved area to park a camping unit (not generally suitable for tents) to a more traditional, grassy site. They are unserviced and are not reservable.
    Accessible Site
    A campsite which is accessible to guests with limited mobility.
    Firepit

    A designated structure for campfires located on a campsite. Check availability, as not all campsites offer a fire pit. In some parks, a fire permit is required to have a fire.

    In some parks, only communal firepits are available, and access is shared with other guests.

    Fire permit
    In some campgrounds, guests will require a valid fire permit to have a campfire. A fire permit may include firewood. Please refer to the ‘Fire policy’ section of the QRT for individual campground policies.
    Firewood
    In some campgrounds firewood is sold by the bundle, whereas in others a fire permit may give the holder access to the campground wood pile. Please refer to the ‘Fire policy’ section of the QRT for individual campground policies.
    First-come, First-served Site
    Campsites that are available on a first come, first served basis only. These sites are only available to guests who are physically located at the campground. These sites cannot be registered over the telephone or on-line. These campsites may be available for only 1 night or for multiple nights depending on availability.
    Shoulder Season
    Shoulder season refers to the season before and after the peak season. While many campgrounds remain open outside of their peak season, the services offered during this period may be limited (please check with the park for more details).
    Entrance Pass
    A valid National Park Entrance Pass is required for all visitors to National Parks that have entry fees.
    Daily Entrance Pass
    A daily entrance pass permits visitor’s unlimited entry to the specified park on a per day basis for the period of time indicated.
    Annual/Seasonal Entrance Pass
    An annual or seasonal entrance pass permits visitor’s unlimited entry to the specified park for the period of time indicated.
    Parks Canada Discovery Pass
    The Parks Canada Discovery Pass permits visitors unlimited entry to the participating Parks Canada national parks and national historic sites across Canada, for a period of 12 months.