New Brunswick has 9 provincial parks that are each special in their own way. Each provincial park has its own special attraction, and you can always find what you are looking for. Take a look at what New Brunswick has to offer, pick a park, and go for it!! Click here to get more information on all of the parks.

de la République Provincial Park

Located on the Madawaska River, this recreational park is the perfect place to bring your family for a day out, or for a camping holiday. The park spans an area of 44 hectares, or 108 acres.

  • Where: The park is located on the banks of the Madawaska River, near the town of Saint-Jacques.
  • Use: day or multi-day
  • When to go: The park generally opens in late-May, and is open until early September. Check the website for exact dates.
  • What to do: Visitors can explore one of the many biking trails, hike, or go bird watching.
  • With over 150 campsites, campers can have the option of camping whatever way they choose. Most of the sites to have electricity, but if you enjoy the "off the grid" camping experience, there are sites there that offer that.
  • Why go: There are local attractions to enjoy, such as the Antique Automobile Museum, where visitors can see a rare New Brunswick-made Bricklin, among other cars. Also a must-see is the New Brunswick Botanical Garden, with among, other attractions, 11 thematic gardens, a celestial garden, a butterfly conservatory, and two arboretums. And, if you go in mid-August, chances are you will get to participate in the annual Acadian Day festivities in Edmunston.

Herring Cove Provincial Park

Everyone is looking for that island paradise.

  • Where: On Campobello Island near the New Brunswick-Maine border. Get there by Maine State Route 189 to Route 774 in New Brunswick or by ferry from Deer Island, New Brunswick.
  • Use: day or multi-day
  • When to go: The park's golf course opens early to mid May, and closes early to mid-October. Campgrounds open end of May and close around the end of September. Check the website for exact dates.
  • What to do: You can go biking, hiking, golfing on the fully-equipped 9-hole golf course, boating - just to name a few activities. Experience the glorious beauty of nature with whale-watching expeditions and bird and wildlife watching activities. For campers, there are 88 campsites available.
  • Why go: Visitors will have a memorable trip. It is a place of grand history, with ancient spruce forests, and a special connection to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who spent most of his summers, beginning in his childhood, on Campobello Island. So, visitors should also see Roosevelt Campobello International Park. There is a 1.6 km beach waiting to be explored. Getting to see the natural beauty of the bogs, ponds and cliffs, the impressive water life, and wildlife such as bald eagles and beavers is a special treat.

Mactaquac Provincial Park

  • Where: On the St. John River, near Fredericton. The park is 525 hectares (1 300 acres)
  • Use: day or multi-day
  • When to go: The park is open all year for both summer and winter activities. The Mactaquac Golf Course is open from late April to late October. Check the website for exact dates.
  • What to do: Hike, play in the water, canoe, kayak, or golf at the 18-hole Mactaquac Golf Course, located within the park's boundaries. If you want to stay a few days, there are more than 300 serviced campsites. A recreation centre in the park will keep the family entertained and active.
  • Why go: For the great wildlife. For the outdoorsy person, this park is a dreamland! The park has a wheelchair-accessible trail, so everyone can enjoy. The TreeGO Mactaquac Aerial Adventure should definitely be on one's to-do list. Zip though the trees on an aerial track. Go for the fantastic freshwater beaches. New Brunswick is becoming a world-class surfing destination, and visitors can windsurf, fish for striped bass or perhaps an Atlantic sturgeon or shortnose sturgeon, or take a leisurely canoe ride. All of the information you could ever want about beavers. Take the guided Great Canadian Beaver Pond Voyage and see, up close, dams and lodges, and other forest sights that make you go "ooh". In the winter, go tobogganing on two groomed hills. Visitors can also go skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking. And, for a lazier day, visitors can rest and relax in the lodge, or see the parklands on a horse-drawn sleigh.

Mount Carleton Provincial Park

  • Where: Near the town of Saint-Quentin.
  • Use: day or multi-day
  • When to go: The park generally opens in mid-May, and is open until late September for summer activities. It is open for winter activities from January 1 until the end of March. Check the website for exact dates.
  • What to do: What can't you do? Well, you can't fish in the summer, as the streams' spawning areas are protected. But, visitors can go hiking, biking, wildlife and bird watching, canoeing, swimming, and camping in the 88 wilderness sites. In the winter, the park is not serviced most of the time, but the park still is a hotbed of activity. Unploughed roads are, in the winter, snow machine trails, and the trails used for hiking in the summer are perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months. For the truly adventurous, winter camping is available. Visitors can also go ice fishing for perch, trout and salmon.
  • Why go: This is the largest provincial park in New Brunswick, at 17 000 hectares, or 42 000 acres. The untouched wilderness is home to about 100 types of birds, and 30 mammal species, including moose, marten, lynx, and rare species such as the Yellow-nosed Rock vole and the Gaspé shrew. The park offers adventure and the chance to truly experience the great outdoors. Mount Carleton is the highest peak in the Atlantic provinces, at 820 metres (2 690 feet), and offers a great hiking and climbing experience. Visitors can also tackle nearby Mount Head, Mount Sagamook, and Mount Bailey. Walk along 62 kilometres of hiking trails, including wheelchair accessible Williams Falls. Go mountain biking on old logging routes. See the Dark Sky Preserve. Dark Sky Preserves are protected areas that preserve and highlight the importance of the night sky and area ecosystems by strictly limiting light pollution. Visitors are able to see the night time beauty of the area, including wildlife, and the stars and planets.

Murray Beach Provincial Park

  • Where: On the Northumberland Strait near Little Shemogue and the Confederation Bridge, which crosses into Prince Edward Island.
  • Use: day or multi-day
  • When to go: The park opens in late-May, and stays open until early September. Check the website for exact dates.
  • What to do: This park is an easy-going relaxing area. Swim on the beaches. Kayak. Sail. Bird watch. Take in the local history and the gorgeous scenery.
  • Why go: Go for the sandy beaches and the warm saltwater. Go for the great sunsets, the sunrises, the lighthouses and the covered bridges.
  • Go to see the wildlife at Cape Jourimain Nature, km northwest of the village of Cape Tormentine, where the diverse ecosystems are safe havens and nesting grounds for about 170 species of native and migratory birds such as the Great Blue Heron, the Black Duck and the Osprey. While at Cape Jourimain, visit the lighthouse, salt marshes, fresh water wetlands and learn about the early history of the area. If you've never done it, try sea kayaking.

New River Beach Provincial Park

  • Where: On the Bay of Fundy, down the road from Saint John on Route 1.
  • Use: day or multi-day
  • When to go: Visitors can come to the park from mid-May to late September. To plan properly though, please visit the website.
  • What to do: There are 99 sites and three rustic shelters for campers to enjoy. Swim, wade, or kayak in the Bay of Fundy. Hike through the park on the many trails.
  • Why go: Go for the natural coastal beauty. Wade in the Bay of Fundy, where you can look for crabs, starfish and other sea life. Explore the forests and the wildlife, such as cormorants. And, if you are an artistic superstar, or just like playing in the sand, take part in the annual Sand Sculpture Competition, held every August. Stroll on the boardwalk.

Parlee Beach Provincial Park

  • Where: Near Pointe-du-Chêne, New Brunswick, on Shediac Bay.
  • Use: day or multi-day
  • When to go: The park is open between the end of May and early September. Always check with the website to make proper travel plans.
  • What to do: There is camping available at one of the 190 sites. The park has a more resort-like feel than many of the other parks, as it is more groomed than other areas. There are many of the amenities that most of us are used to having, such as a restaurant, canteen and amphitheatre, along with facilities for campers and swimming at the supervised beach
  • Why go: Go to play at the warmest salt water beach in Canada. Take part in the annual sand sculpture competition. See the "World's Largest Lobster" sculpture, which is 11 m in length, 5 m high and weighs 90 tonnes.

Sugarloaf Provincial Park

  • Where: Near Atholville, New Brunswick
  • Use: day and multi-day use
  • When to go: The park is open year-round for summer and winter activities.
  • What to do: In the summer, go camping at one of 76 sites. Hike one of the many trails. Go mountain biking. In the winter, go skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, skating or snowboarding.
  • Why go: Because it's a perfect family holiday. Go for the great skiing. With 12 Alpine ski trails, a half-pipe, and trails for cross-country skiing, Sugarloaf is where everyone goes.
  • Go for the downhill bikepark, where riders can ride the mountain bike trail, once they get to the top of the mountain by lift. Go for the hiking and the biking along the 25 km (16 mi) of trails. Go for the wildlife. Go for the view!! The park is in the Appalachian Mountains! It does not get much better that that! Climb to the top of the park's mountain, where you can get a great view of the town of Campbellton, where Chaleur Bay and Restigouche River meet, and Quebec's Gaspé Peninsula.

The Anchorage Provincial Park

  • Where: On Grand Manan island in the Bay of Fundy.
  • Use: day and multi-day use
  • When to go: The park opens in early June, and stays open until early September. Check the website for exact dates.
  • What to do: hiking, biking, and camping with all of the amenities. Go ocean kayaking and beachcombing. Go bird watching.
  • Why go: For the hiking and biking and the learning - take part in the interpretive displays along your travels. Walk along the Red Point Trail boardwalk, which is wheelchair-accessible, of the Long Pond, Great Pond or Bagley trails. Go for the bird watching. Birders have recorded the presence of close to 275 species, so it's a given that you will meet some new and interesting little friends.