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.
Kouchibouguac national park is part of zone 1 in the province and is currently at the Orange level due to the recent COVID‑19 outbreak. You can consult the NB’s recovery plan website (Government of New Brunswick) for more details.
Kouchibouguac national park is part of zone 1 in the province and is currently at the Orange level due to the recent COVID‑19 outbreak.
You can consult the NB’s recovery plan website (Government of New Brunswick) for more details.
The latest information you need to know about Kouchibouguac National Park
Visiting Kouchibouguac National Park will be different than it has been in the past. To avoid traffic cluttering and to respect the guidance of public health authorities around social distancing, visitors are encouraged to choose days and times when Kouchibouguac National Park is less frequented, and to plan ahead by checking the park’s website before they travel to find out.
What’s open (updated December 17, 2020)
- Pijeboogwek shelter (Reduced services - refer to the “What's closed” section)
- Warmup Shelters on groomed trail network
- Sledding at Patterson (bring your own toboggan)
- Parks Canada official merchandise gift shop
Number of individuals allowed in the warming shelters
- Pijeboogwek = 6
- Patterson = 8
- Middle-Kouchibouguac = 6
- Petit-Large = 6
- La Source = 6
- Route 117
Cross-country skiing groomed trails
- 10 km loop
- Pijeboogwek to Resort
- Xavier Bridge to Middle-Kouchibouguac
- La Source (from Middle-Kouchibouguac to Petit-Large)
Fat bike groomed trails
- Several kilometres of trails between Pijeboogwek and La Source
What’s closed (updated January 5, 2021)
- Fatbike equipment rental
- Cross-country ski and snowshoe equipment rental
- Overnight stays in rustic shelter accommodations (including the groomed trail between La Source and the South-Kouchibouguac Campground)
- Interpretation programs and events
Pijeboogwek shelter common area
- Ski waxing tables (Visitors will be required to leave their belongings in their vehicle and skiers will be asked to wax their skis before arriving at the park)
- Public showers
- Water fountain (bring your own water)
- The area for change of clothes as well as the storage of bags, clothing and winter boots will not be offered this year (visitors must prepare in advance and be dressed appropriately according to their activities upon arrival in Pijeboogwek)
- Interpretation programs (e.g. Voyageur Canoe, Wigwam Gatherings, Lagoon Life, etc.)
- Special events (e.g. Canada Day, etc.)
- Recreational clam digging
- Recreational fishing Trout - until September 15 | Striped bass - catch and release until November 1st
- Recreational boating Small crafts, canoes, kayaks, etc.
- Kellys Beach
- Entrance kiosk and wood shed
- The campsites #1 to #125 in the first loop
- The campsites #185 to #312 of the third loop
- Service buildings A and B of the first loop
- The playgrounds
- Service buildings E (under construction - replaced by portable washrooms for the season) and F (third loop)
- Kitchen shelters (attached to service buildings)
- The campsites #126 to #184 located in the second loop, including service buildings C and D
- Entrance kiosk and wood shed
- Campsites #1 to #32
- Dry toilets
- Water stations
- Group camping
- Sipù and Pointe-à-Maxime
- Equipped camping
- Rustic shelters
- Entrance kiosk
- Visitor Information Centre (including gift shop, indoor theatre, exhibit area and indoor washrooms) Portable toilets and call centre services available
- Petit-Large, Patterson and Middle-Kouchibouguac shelters
- General Store
- Outdoor theatre
- Ryans Equipment Rental (Rental services remain suspended until further notice) Only the washrooms and parking lot are open
- Kellys Beach Canteen
- Pijeboogwek’s parking lot, washrooms and bike trail head
- Kellys Beach day-use area
- Callanders day-use area
- La Source day-use and picnic area
- Boat ramps at Loggiecroft and Cap-St-Louis wharves for recreational boating Small crafts only
- Pijeboogwek Shelter For general enquiries and cash transactions
- Ryans (Washrooms and parking lot) Equipment rental services remain suspended until further notice
- Parkway Leads to Callanders, Kellys Beach and La Source
- Kouchibouguac River Trail Between La Source and the South Kouchibouguac Campground
- Kellys Beach Boardwalk
- Mi’gmaq Cedar
- Salt Marsh
- Kouchibouguac River Trail Except between La Source and the South Kouchibouguac Campground
- 60 km of interconnecting trail system The section between Petit-Large and Les pins is now open
- Major Kollock
Camping during COVID‑19
Services and facilities
Visitors will have access to the following services and facilities:
- A selection of sites at South Kouchibouguac Campground. The opening includes a variety of sites offering full services (water, sewer and electricity), partial services (electricity) and no services, as well as service buildings, the entrance kiosk and laundromat
- The majority of sites at Côte-à-Fabien campground, as well as the entrance kiosk, dry toilets and water stations (boil water advisory in effect)
The camping experience at Kouchibouguac National Park will be different than previous years. Initially camping at the park will be limited to visitors with existing reservations. Visitors are required to have a reservation in order to camp at Kouchibouguac National Park. Parks Canada will gradually begin to accept new online reservations for some campgrounds over the coming weeks. Visitors should check the Parks Canada website regularly for updates and information on services available and reservation windows.
Closed for the season
All diversified accommodations, including oTENTiks, Ôasis and the equipped campground, as well as all sites located in the 2nd loop at the South Kouchibouguac campground, and group camping at Côte-à-Fabien campground will remain closed for the 2020 camping season. All reservations for diversified accommodations and sites located in Loop 2 will be automatically refunded in full.
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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