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Beach

Kelly Beach

Amazing sea life, sand dunes, family fun and unique discoveries await in Kouchibouguac’s Kellys beach. Begin your adventure with a scenic stroll on the Kellys Beach Boardwalk, wandering above salt-marsh grass toward lagoons brimming with life. Walk along 25 kms of beach front and maybe meet a colony of seals at the southern edge.

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15 minutes

16.2 km

Callanders Beach

A great beach where salt and fresh water come together in shore bird areas with some of the 225 species from the area of the Kouchibouguac National Park.  Callanders is located on the warm water of the lagoons and is a great for swimming or relaxing. Of course there’s more to do than just swimming! Close to hiking and cycling trails, canoeing and kayaking excursions. It is also one of the few Pet-Friendly beaches in  New Brunswick

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16.2 km

Parks & Activities

Kouchibouguac National Park

Kouchibouguac National Park includes barrier islands, sand dunes, lagoons, salt marshes and forests. It provides habitat for many seabirds, including endangered species. Colonies of seals also inhabit the park’s 25 kilometres of sand dunes. The park’s size is 238 km². Recreational activities in the park include swimming, biking, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

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2.1 km

Irving Arboretum

This public arboretum on Irving land becomes more impressive every year as additional species of trees are planted. Located between Chemin du Couvent and Mascogne River, the Arboretum, with its walking and bike trails, is the perfect place to observe local flora and fauna. There are plenty of bridges and rest areas, and the trails are connected to the trail system leading downtown and to the Bouctouche Dune.

52 Chemin du Couvent
Bouctouche, NB E4S 3B9

33 minutes

46.8 km

Irving Eco-Centre, La Dune de Bouctouche Discovery Beach

Well maintained saltwater beach. The beach frontage is an ideal location for enjoying nature and a focal point for ecotourism. The beach is located on the site of the Irving Eco-Centre, la Dune de Bouctouche, where a team of interpreters delivers programs and presentations throughout the season to make this coastal habitat known to as many people as possible. Visitors to this area of the New Brunswick coast will find a memorable tourism experience in a unique natural environment.

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33 minutes

45.4 km

French Fort Cove Nature Park

French Fort Cove is a multi-season park with walking, hiking and biking trails as well as an exciting zip line. During the months of July and August courageous visitors can take part in the Dare the Dark with the Headless Nun adventure. Autumn brings beautiful views of colourful fall foliage.

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39 minutes

53.9 km

Vélo route de la peninsula acadienne

More than 600 km of cycling itineraries in the region, including 300 km of paved cycle paths, which allow you to discover towns and villages through the picturesque landscape of the Acadian Peninsula.

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60 minutes

89 km

Magnetic Hill

You must try it to believe it! Cars simply don’t roll uphill. It’s impossible, right? Well, drive to the bottom of this world-famous hill, shift into neutral, and be prepared to be amazed. Your car will roll uphill in total defiance of natural law, even as your brain is telling you it’s simply not possible. Is it magnetic, an illusion, or a gravitational mystery? Stories about Magnetic Hill have been around since the early 1800s, and this wondrous place has been puzzling visitors for decades.  While in the area, make the most of your curiosity. Magnetic Hill Zoo is a must see, Magnetic Hill Wharf Village is a fun place to get a treat and hand made souvenirs; Magic Mountain amusement park is packed with rides, slides, and games.

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68 minutes

92.5 kms

Magnetic Hill Zoo

The Magnetic Hill Zoo houses a diverse collection of animals from around the world, including lemurs from Madagascar, Gibbon apes, Amur tigers, leopards, cotton-top tamarins, lions, and zebras! Don’t miss our daily shows, two animal contact areas and our black jaguars! Summer day camps and educational programs available.

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69 minutes

92.8 km

Tidal Bore

When the quickly rising waters of the Bay of Fundy tide meet a river—such as New Brunswick’s Petitcodiac—it overpowers the river, pushing against the river’s flow in a visible wave. This natural phenomenon—a tidal bore—causes the water in this otherwise placid river to roll back upstream in a wave that ranges in height from three cm (one in.) to 75 cm (30 in.) and at speeds up to 13 km/hour. Just as spectacular is the rapid and dramatic change in the river itself. At low tide, the muddy river bottom is often visible, but within an hour of the arrival of the tidal bore, the water level rises and fills the river to its banks.

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69 minutes

100.2 km

Magic Mountain

Magic Mountain, there’s something for every member of the family. Visit SplashZone – Atlantic Canada’s largest water park and cool off in our Wave Pool or cruise the Lazy River. Experience the Kamikaze speed slide, the Tornado tube slide and our three giant twister slides. Magic Mountain’s FunZone features classic amusement rides like the Red Baron, SkyFlyer, WaveSwinger, Tilt-a-Whirl, Scrambler and more.

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70 minutes

93 km

Sackville Waterfowl Park

Over 3 km of winding boardwalks, trails, and viewing platforms. More than 150 species of birds and 200 species of plants have been recorded here. Winner of Environment Canada’s National Award for Environmental Achievement Discover a wetland world beneath your feet! Focus your camera on the fuzzy ducklings, listen to a sunset chorus of marsh birds. The entertainment never stops at the Waterfowl Park! Admission is free. Guided tours offered mid-May to late August.

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90 minutes

128.4 km

Hopewell Rocks

One of New Brunswick’s top destinations and perhaps the place where the power of the Bay of Fundy tides is most impressive. At low tide you can walk on the ocean floor, explore coves, and look up in amazement at these distinctive sandstone formations topped with trees. At high tide, the enormous rock formations that once towered over you are now barely peeking out above the surface. You can paddle a sea kayak around the tops of the sea stack wonders. It takes just over six hours for high tide to become low, and another six for low to become high. So, in just one visit you can live complete experience this magnificent site.

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96 minutes

133.9 km

Cape Jourimain Nature centre

Cape Jourimain is a state-of-the-art eco-centre located within a 621-hectare National Wildlife Area. Enjoy over 12 km of magnificent nature trails, an historic 19th-century lighthouse, a boutique filled with local wares, an extensive exhibit hall, and more. Stand upon the shores of the Northumberland Strait as you look upon the world-famous Confederation Bridge or climb the four-story observation tower to capture the perfect picture. Rich in history and natural splendour, you’ll be amazed as you participate in a guided tour on the Jourimain iceboats or go bird-watching along our beautiful beach.

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92 minutes

149 km

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Culture & History

Grotte et calvaire de Saint-Louis-de-Kent

Calvary comprising five statues: that of Our Lord and the two larrons, hanging from three large crosses; and the statues of the Virgin Mary and St. John Evangelist. These statues came from the workshops of the sculptor Jobin, from the City of Québec. Calvary rises near the church and overlooks the hill at the foot of which the cave is located.

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3.9 km

The World’s Largest Acadian Flag

In 2009, to mark the 125th anniversary of the Acadian flag and to firmly establish its trademark, the village of Saint-Louis-de-Kent has erected a flagpole that flies the giant 9.1 metres (30 feet) high x 18.3 m (60 feet) wide Acadian flag in the heart of the village.

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4 km

Le Pays de la Sagouine

The Pays de la Sagouine is a theatrical village and opened in 1992 on a small natural island in the middle of Bouctouche Bay. The Pays de la Sagouine is foremost a meeting place where the imagination of a great Acadian author, Antonine Maillet, gives life to many characters, all more endearing than others. This tourist attraction is unique in Canada because it comes entirely from a literary work.

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34 minutes

47.3 km

Middle Island Irish Historical Park

A provincial heritage place, Middle Island in Miramichi River was a quarantine station in the 19th century, specifically for Irish immigrants fleeing the Irish Potato Famine. Many perished while on the Island. In 1873 it was declared a permanent quarantine station by the Federal Government until 1948. Immerse yourself in the history while walking along sandy beaches and scenic trails; visit the Celtic Cross, Interpretive Centre, amphitheatre, the Captain’s Galley Restaurant, picnic areas and interpretive panels.

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37 minutes

49.3 km

Beaubears Island

Beaubears Island Shipbuilding National Historic Site: The only known undisturbed archeological site associated with national significance of the 19th-century wooden-shipbuilding industry in New Brunswick. Beaubears Island and nearby Wilsons Point together form Boishébert National Historic Site of Canada. Under the leadership of Charles Deschamps de Boishébert, many Acadians found refuge at Wilsons Point from 1756 to 1760. Beaubears Island was also an integral and functional part of the early settlement that gives testimony to the Acadian experience. Prior to Acadian settlements in the region, the Mi’gmaw people camped on the island.

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42 minutes

54.9 km

The World’s Largest Lobster

Shediac is recognized the world over as “The Lobster Capital of the World” for its lobster fishing industry. For that reason, in 1989 the Shediac Rotary Club thought it fitting to erect a monument in tribute of the delectable crustacean and promote its role in the development of our community. The late Winston Bronnum from Penobquis, New Brunswick, was commissioned to create this magnificent showpiece. The monument stands at 11 m (35 ft.) in length, 5 m (16 ft.) in width and 5 m (16 ft.) in height.

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51 minutes

78.9 km

Metepenagiag Heritage Park

Immerse yourself and discover the Mi’kmaq culture in a heritage setting. The Metepenagiag Heritage Park has a modern interpretive centre and two national historic sites for you to visit. The Mi’kmaq archeological site and groomed walking trails, perfect for walking enthusiasts or for a quiet interlude.

 

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58 minutes

80.7 km

Village Historique Acadien

Step into a real Acadian time with the interpreters as they go about their chores in period buildings; view fields and farmyards stocked with animals that the early Acadians raised to support themselves. The atmosphere and authenticity of the site’s historical reconstruction provide you of memorable moments in a pastoral setting, evoking the living conditions of the Acadians. It brings to life the ancestral customs and traditional trades of Acadians from 1770 to 1949. The memory of this charming place and its inhabitants will stay with you long after you leave. This is a perfect opportunity to discover the beauty and uniqueness of the village while strolling 2.5 km (1.6 mi.) around the premises.

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112 minutes

173.5 km

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Boat Tours

Phoca Tours

Just being on the water is a treat in it self, but what if you also find yourself surrounded by grey seals and thousands of terns, see a bald eagle diving onto its prey, or eat that shellfish in a way you never did before?  The 30′ 12 passenger pontoon boat PHOCUS brings you into a wonderful world, that could not be explored by land.

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3 minutes

3.6 km

Homarus Eco-centre

The Homarus Eco-Centre is an interpretive centre that offers a unique and interactive experience related to the mysterious world of lobsters and marine ecosystems. Discover the king of crustaceans during our guided tour and get the chance to see, touch and even adopt baby lobsters! The centre also offers group and outdoor activity packages.

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60 minutes

84.6 km

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Rentals

Pijeboogwek – Kouchibouguac National Park

Located across the road from the Visitor Information Centre, Pijeboogwek is the hub for rentals in the park, as well as the starting point for many of our cycling paths.

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2 minutes

2.1 km