For those who wish to discover the park by water, Kouchibouguac National Park’s rivers and estuaries offer an unforgettable experience.
It has long since been a traditional activity for local residents and visitors alike to explore this exceptional coastal environment by water in canoes, kayaks and small motorized boats.
As stewards and privileged visitors to this unique coastal environment, we ask all motorized watercraft users to follow the park’s rules and regulations so that present and future generations can discover and enjoy the beauty of the park’s waterways for many years to come.
Notice to motorized watercraft users
Pursuant to Section 21 of the National Parks General Regulations, the use of motorized watercrafts within Kouchibouguac National Park’s waters is only permitted when abiding to the park’s regulations.
The following measures are in place to ensure the safety of all visitors, including motorized boat users, as well as to protect the park’s aquatic and coastal habitats, along with their plant and animal species.
- Personal watercrafts (“Jet skis”) are prohibited in all park waters at all times.
- Approved day-use launching sites, which are located at Cap Saint-Louis and Loggiecroft wharves, must be used when launching a motorized boat in the park.
- Night-time boating is only permitted within marked channels on the Kouchibouguac and Kouchibouguacis rivers.
- Overnight anchoring (mooring) of boats is prohibited outside the authorized limits of the wharves.
- Please respect the marked “closed” and “study” zones (see map) of the park, where important nesting sites and sensitive ecological areas are located.
- Boat hulls must be thoroughly cleaned prior to entering the park to help prevent the spread of exotic invasive plant species, such as the Eurasian water milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum). The spread of these species in park waters would have a negative impact on the health of the ecosystem.
As stewards and privileged visitors to this unique coastal environment, we ask all motorized watercraft users to follow these regulations so that present and future generations can discover and enjoy the beauty of the park’s waterways for many years to come.