For hiking and camping vacations in New Brunswick, the province’s two national parks make top destinations. New Brunswick’s first national park, Fundy National Park, sits on the Bay of Fundy coast and boasts the drama of the world’s highest tides. Further east on the Acadian Coast, Kouchibouguac National Park features dunes and protected lagoons that are havens for bird life and harbor warm swimming waters.
Whether looking for quiet seclusion or family-style campgrounds, swimming pools or beaches, canoeing or golf, New Brunswick national parks offer a great source of fun activities.
Fundy National Park, NB
Sitting on the Bay of Fundy, this New Brunswick national park highlights the world’s highest tides. Birding beaches near Alma and trails near Pointe Wolfe take advantage of the dramatic coastline crafted by a tidal change of up to 12 m (39 feet). Fundy National Park tops the list as a family destination with beaches, a heated swimming pool, nine-hole golf course, and boat rentals at the inland Bennett Lake.
Throughout the park there are plenty of New Brunswick hiking opportunities with the 45-km (28-mile) Fundy Circuit trail encircling the park. Throughout the national park, shorter hiking trails visit the coastal, lake, and forest areas. Multiple campgrounds offer many facilities to ensure an easy New Brunswick camping vacation.
Although not part of Fundy National Park, an excellent day trip for tide-watchers is a visit to the Hopewell Rocks further east. Here, the immense tides have carved the shoreline into a series of “flowerpot rocks” and interesting pillars and caves.
Enquire about visiting the park by phone at (506) 887-6000.
Kouchibouguac National Park, NB
This New Brunswick national park features calm lagoons, warm swimming waters, protected sand dunes, and large campgrounds. Visit Kouchibouguac National Park to watch for shorebirds, enjoy a beach day, stroll the dune boardwalk, bike the park trails, or rent canoes and kayaks.
The New Brunswick hiking opportunities focus on the coastal regions as well as river trails (along the Kouchibouguac River) and forest trails in the backcountry. Call (506) 876-2443 for information about this national park.
Visiting a New Brunswick National Park
Hiking, camping, and visiting the beach top the list of things to do in New Brunswick national parks. Camping options range from backcountry campsites to full-serviced campgrounds near beaches and family-friendly facilities. Summer is the most popular season to visit, with late spring and early fall also promising good weather and fewer visitors.
Whether hiking or camping in New Brunswick, Kouchibouguac and Fundy national parks both stand out as excellent destinations to begin exploring the province’s outdoors.