Visiting Kouchibouguac National Park is on your bucket list? Congrats! You’ve made a great decision considering all the amazing attractions and activities this park has to offer. As summer students for Discover Miramichi, we had the opportunity to experience some of these attractions and activities on our day trip to Kouchibouguac. The park is approximately 30 minutes away from the city, but it is very easy to find thanks to the road signs! Once we arrived, we decided to check out the interpretive Center where we were kindly greeted by the staff. The Interpretive Center is where you can find out everything you need to know about the park. You can also learn about some of the various wildlife species that can be seen and visit the gift shop.
Before we left the Interpretive Center we decided to grab a map of the park. We realized that the park was a lot bigger than we envisioned with ten hiking trails, over 60km of biking trails, and two beaches. Since it was a bright and sunny day, we decided to check out Kelly’s beach first. In order to get to the beach you must take a scenic stroll along the 1km boardwalk. Don’t forget to check out the interpretive signs along the way to learn some interesting facts about the park! We learned that Kouchibouguac is home to the small shorebirds known as piping plovers. These birds use the ocean shorelines as breeding grounds and nest in soft sandy areas. Once we arrived at Kelly’s Beach we quickly realized that it is the perfect place for a family trip to the beach and a relaxing place to catch some rays. We took some time to walk along the water and take in the beautiful view.
After spending some time at Kelly’s beach we decided it was time to check out one of the many hiking trails. We chose to take the bog trail, which took us to a spiral staircase tower that led to the lookout. After we spent some time overlooking the bog (which is definitely a sight to see!) we continued our hike alone the boardwalk through the bog. When we arrived at the end of the trail we noticed two red chairs. The red chairs are located in 9 areas throughout Kouchibouguac Park. They have been placed in scenic locations selected by Parks Canada. If you come across these red chairs, make sure to use #ShareTheChair on your photos for a chance to be featured on the Kouchibouguac National Park Facebook page or Twitter account.
Since we had so much fun at Kelly’s Beach we chose to visit Callanders Beach next, which is also located at the park. Callanders Beach is the ideal place for canoeing or kayaking and is located only 5km from the South Kouchibouguac Campground. One of the best things about Callanders Beach is that it is dog friendly. With Callanders Beach, you never have to worry about leaving your furry friend at home, as long as they are on a leash they are more than welcome.
After our successful day at Kouchibouguac National Park, we decided to visit Miramichi Treehouse & Camping Adventures Campground. This Campground is family friendly and borders the picturesque Black River. We got the chance to take a peek inside one of the treehouses and see the cozy atmosphere they provide. Miramichi Treehouse Camping also offers 2 bedroom cottages as well as RV and tent sites. There are also many activities to do such as geocaching, hiking trails, outdoor swimming pool, pirate playground and various yard games to borrow. They also have scheduled activities like star gazing, scavenger hunts and campground led treasure hunts! If you’re in the area and looking to have a fun-filled time, make sure to check out these two locations! From relaxing on the beach and going for a hike at Kouchibouguac, to geocaching and star gazing at Miramichi Treehouse & Camping Adventures Campground, you’re bound to have an unforgettable time.