Swimming

  • A section of Kellys Beach is supervised by lifeguards from late June to late August. Other areas are not supervised. You are responsible for your own safety.
  • Swim with a buddy and supervise children when near the water
  • Currents can be strong, even for an accomplished swimmer. Always be aware of the current and avoid high risk areas.
  • The park beaches are not tested for E. coli or other bacteria
  • Water temperatures suitable for swimming are generally reached by June and continue through August. Swimming during the spring and fall in cold water can increase the risk of hypothermia. Be aware of hypothermia and how to treat it.

Jellyfish

There are two main types of jellyfish that surface in our Kouchibouguac National Park waters: the Arctic Red, or Lion's Mane Jellyfish, and the White Moon Jellyfish. The Arctic Red is larger and more common than the White Moon, which is translucent and lacks the long red tentacles.

The tentacles of the Arctic Red Jellyfish are used to stun their prey (zooplankton) before feeding. These are the same tentacles that may give slight stinging or mild burning sensations when people come in contact with them. There is no need to panic, though; the remedy surrounds you at the ocean's edge! By rubbing wet sand over the irritated area, you can usually alleviate most of the discomfort caused by the sting of an Arctic Red Jellyfish.