Please check our COVID‑19 web page regularly for current updates to the winter activities.

Rediscover Kouchibouguac during winter. Immerse in snowy environs on 15 kilometres of marked cross-country ski routes—set out from Pijeboogwek Waxing Hut and choose between classic or skate skiing trails. Seven warming huts dot this network; firewood is on hand, bring your own hot cocoa. Several marked and unmarked paths draw in snowshoers throughout the winter as well.

Winter is beautiful and accessible in Kouchibouguac. Experience it for yourself!

Winter offer

Trail activities Two friends snowshoeing in the forest

Trail activities

In the winter, Kouchigouguac’s landscape offers trails that are perfect for fatbiking, showshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Located mostly in the central region of the park, short and easy trails, or challenging longer trails, are developed for your enjoyment.


Winter fat biking

A couple on fat bikes in the snowy trails

Several kilometers of dedicated fat bike winding trails will be groomed throughout the park’s Acadian forest between the Pijeboogwek Shelter and the La Source Shelter.

For your safety

  • Ride on designated trails only
  • Cycling off-road and on the other trails belonging to the winter trail network is not permitted (it is permitted to cross the ski trail when indicated)
  • Yield for snowshoers and cross-country skiiers at intersections (they do not have brakes)
  • Avoid blocking your rear tire (skid)

Snowshoeing

A group of friends snowshoeing in a field

Over 30 km of trails are marked specifically for snowshoeing, with several warming shelters along the way. Feeling more adventurous? Get off the trail and explore untracked territory. Kouchibouguac is the perfect place to explore the Acadian Forest and create your own personal adventures!

Snowshoeing code of ethics

  • Please stay off the ski trails at all times
  • To link trail #16 to trails #17 and #22 (approximately 200 metres), travel as close as possible along the outside of the skate-style ski trail
  • Please keep your snowshoes on trail #7, #8, #10, #11, and #12. Walking without snowshoes can damage fat bike trails

Cross-country skiing

A group of friends cross country skiing in the forest

15 km of cross-country ski trails are groomed to accommodate both the classic and ski skating techniques.

The Pijeboogwek waxing hut, located across the road from the Park Information Centre, welcomes skiers at the start of the trail system. This heated shelter is equipped with benches, waxing tables and toilets.

Seven other shelters located along the trails offer dry toilets, picnic tables, wood stoves and firewood. The longest distance between two shelters is 2.8 km.

Winter walking

A man, woman and their dog walking on a snowy trail

In order to keep the country ski trails in the best condition possible, walkers are asked to use the two trails that are specifically groomed for Winter walking.

Walking trails

  • The trail linking the Visitor Reception Centre to the Kouchibouguac Resort (1.5 km)
    • Just outside the Park
    • Accessible from the Visitor Reception Centre or from the Kouchibouguac Resort on route 134
  • The trail linking the old covered bridge site to Middle Kouchibouguac (1 km)
    • Accessible from route 117
    • Please don't walk directly on the cross-country ski trails on your way to the Middle Kouchibouguac shelter

Each one of these trails leads to a shelter. See the park map for more info.

Note

Winter walking trail conditions are usually better a couple of days following a snow fall.

Equipment rental

Fat bikes, snowshoes and skis are available for rent seven days a week at the Pijeboogwek waxing hut located across the road from the Visitor Information Centre (through AMICA, the park's cooperative association).

  • Monday to Thursday: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Friday to Sunday: 9 am to 6 pm

Quantities are limited. Call ahead to inquire about availability: 506‑876‑2443

In order to help you transport your material to the site, a toboggan on skis is available at the waxing hut. Ask the park attendant on duty at the waxing hut.

Tobogganning Families and kids sliding on a hill

Sliding and tobogganing

Only one area in the Park is suitable for tobogganing; the Patterson Hill.

This hill is located behind the Patterson Shelter, 2 km from the Pijeboogwek parking lot. Visitors who choose to walk to the hill are asked to follow the snowshoeing trail.

Snowshoe rentals are available at the Pijeboogwek Waxing Shelter, please call ahead for availability.

Birdwatching A couple bird watching on a bridge

Winter birdwatching

Keep a lookout for blue jays and northern saw-whet owls! There may be fewer birds around in winter, but with no leaves on the trees, they’re easier to see!

In the winter, the best place to observe birds is from our trails, which are accessible by walkingsnowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Species you may encounter include (but are not limited to):

  • Northern Saw-whet Owl
  • Blue Jay
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • American Goldfinch
  • Lincoln’s sparrow
  • Mourning Dove

Meet other birders by participating in the Annual Christmas Bird Count held in mid-December.

This winter in Kouchibouguac, you won’t need a smartphone to hear tweets!

Birds species of Kouchibouguac

Check out the full list of bird species that are found in Kouchibouguac National Park.

Winter camping A lady warming up in front of a campfire in the snow

Winter camping in the backcountry

Petit-Large is open year round for backcountry camping. Located along the cross-country ski trails. Campers must register before going to the site by contacting the attendant during our hours of operation.

Reserve your campsite by calling 506‑876‑2443.

Important

Petit-Large primitive campground is located half a kilometre from the closest shelter and over 3 km from the parking lot. Available on site:

  • fire pit
  • firewood
  • dry toilets
  • shovel
  • picnic tables

There is no water available at the Petit-Large primitive campsite.

Cross Country Ski Equipment Rental

Cross-country skiing equipment is available for rent at the Pijeboogwek Waxing Hut through AMICA, the park's cooperative association.

In order to help you transport your material to the site, a toboggan on skis is available at the waxing hut. Ask the park attendant on duty at the waxing hut.

Rustic shelters A couple in a rustic shelter, sitting by the fire

Rustic shelters

All Rustic shelter accommodations will remain closed for the 2020-21 camping season. Please check our COVID‑19 website regularly for more information.

Rustic shelter reservations

Planned work which began last summer on our service buildings (converted into rustic shelters during winter) within South Kouchibouguac Campground have not been completed. For this reason, Shelter “E” won’t be available for reservations this winter season.

Two rustic shelters are available for overnight winter adventures. Shelters “D” and “F”, are located in the South Kouchibouguac campground along the cross-country ski trail.

Distance varies depending on chosen route and activity: They are accessible by ski (10 km), by snowshoe (9 to 12 km depending on chosen route) and on foot or bicycle / fat bike - conditions permitting. Until the Parkway road closes for winter, visitors can park their vehicle at Ryans and access the shelters through the bicycle trail along the Kouchibouguac River (800 m to 1.3 km depending on which shelter).

*Maximum of six (6) people per shelter

We supply

  • Picnic tables
  • Sleeping platforms
  • Wood stove
  • Firewood and kindling
  • Shovel
  • Orientation maps
  • Smoke detector and fire extinguisher

A dry toilet is located within 10 metres of each shelter. Please note that there is no water supply on-site.

People sitting at a picnic table outside the shelter.
A family having a great time inside.

Cancellations

  • Full refund if cancelling at least 3 days (72 hours) prior to your arrival date
  • 50% refund if cancelling before 11:00 am the day prior to your arrival date
  • No refunds for cancellations beyond 11:00 am of the day before a scheduled date of arrival

Closures

If Kouchibouguac National Park must close for any reason, individuals will be contacted as soon as possible, reservations will be cancelled and refunded.


Your safety - Your responsibility!

Outdoor activities involve risks. It is your responsibility to acquire the skills and abilities required for your chosen activity. Be aware of the risks involved. Know and respect your own limits. Use appropriate equipment. Always share your route plan with a friend or a family member.

Check out this web page for more winter safety tips.

Fees

Fees vary during the peak and shoulder season. Please consult our detailed fees list.


Winter Safety

  • Remember that you are responsible for your own safety and security!
  • Know your limit, bring the appropriate equipment and let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to return.
  • Contact park staff if you require specific advice.
  • Fat bike riders are strongly advised to wear helmets and must yield to walkers, people on snowshoes and skiers.
  • Only classic skiers are permitted on the set ski track. All other users must stay on the other half of the trail.
  • Trails not identified will not be groomed or maintained. Orientation may be difficult and natural hazards may be present on non-maintained trails increasing the risk of serious injury. For this reason, it is strongly encouraged to remain on marked trails.
  • It's your responsibility to seek out safety information, obey signs and be prepared.
  • In case of an accident or emergency call 911. Be prepared for the possibility that you may have to wait for help if you have an accident.
  • Cell phone coverage is not available everywhere. A pay phone is located at the visitor information centre.
  • Avoid hypothermia and frostbites by dressing appropriately. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. Check air temperature and wind chill factor before going out.

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