COVID-19 and your visit to Kouchibouguac National Park
Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
The latest information you need to know about Kouchibouguac National Park
The health and safety of visitors, employees and all Canadians is of the utmost importance to Parks Canada. As of March 14, 2022, following direction from the Province of New Brunswick, masks are no longer required for visitors, but wearing one in indoor public places or crowded outdoor places is strongly recommended. Parks Canada staff will continue to wear masks. Physical distancing is still recommended. Parks Canada will continue to follow the advice of public health experts and guidelines outlined by the Province.
What’s open (updated March 23, 2022)
- Visitor Information Centre Will be closed for the winter season as of October 14.
- Pijeboogwek Shelter Only 2 household bubles at a time
- Warming huts
- Equipment rentals
What’s closed (updated March 23, 2022)
- Kitchen shelters in South Kouchibouguac and at La Source
- All interpretation programs and events are cancelled except for self-guided activities
- Ryans Rentals Centre Closed until further notice
- South Kouchibouguac General Store
- Kouch Café
- Visitor Reception Centre Theatre
Your safety when visiting
- Visitors are always responsible for their own safety. Anyone participating in recreational activities should be extra cautious to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on search and rescue teams and on the health care system.
- Spring is an active season for many of the park’s wildlife, such as black bears who are busy scavenging for food after hibernation. Visitors must always keep a safe distance between themselves and wildlife. It is illegal to feed or disturb fauna and flora when visiting National Parks.
- Always keep your pet on a leash and leave no trace.
- Visitors must follow local and provincial or territorial travel restrictions, including requirements for self-isolation. It is not possible to self-isolate at Parks Canada campgrounds. Visitors must complete any provincial or territorial requirements for self-isolation before arriving to camp at Kouchibouguac National Park.
- Parks Canada is asking Canadians to be cautious and conservative when they visit Kouchibouguac National Park and to respect any closures that are in place. Anyone participating in recreational activities should be extra cautious to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on search and rescue teams and on the health care system.
- Due to operational challenges created by the pandemic, the Kellys Beach surveillance service will not be offered this year. Plan your visit in advance and always be cautious on the beaches and during your water activities.
Know before you go
- For current pass holders, Parks Canada will automatically extend the end date of Discovery Passes for the full duration of the suspension period. That means that for each month or part of a month that visitor services are not offered due to Parks Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID‑19, a full month will be added to the end date of the annual pass.
- Access to the Visitor Information Center will remain closed until further notice. A call centre service will be offered daily from 9 am until 5 pm. For visitor information please call 506‑876‑2443.
- A permit is required in order to fish or dig clams inside the national park’s waters. Kouchibouguac National Park’s recreational fishing and clam digging permits are sold exclusively at JMC’s convenience and Pointe-Sapin’s Co-op grocery store. Permits will be available for purchase as of May 29.
- Sanitation stations and toilets will be available at Kellys Beach, Callanders, Pijeboogwek and the Visitor Information Center’s day-use areas.
- Visitors must respect all closures and signage.
Parks Canada is working with provincial counterparts, local municipalities and communities to keep visitors and residents informed and safe.
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