Lush mixed-wood forest, warm ocean beaches, numerous hiking and biking trails, colorful salt marshes as well as other fascinating features make Kouchibouguac National Park a fantastic spot for RV camping. Located 100 km (64 miles) north of Moncton, New Brunswick, this national park, with its Dark Sky Preserve, is a mingling of the Mi’kmaq and Acadian cultures, inviting campers and visitors to enjoy the amazing recreational opportunities available at the park.
Activities at the park for the enjoyment of RV campers include wildlife viewing, birding, canoeing, cycling, kayaking, mountain biking, photography, snowshoeing, swimming, fishing, hiking, picnicking, paddling, and tobogganing.
The park features two RV campgrounds with more than 300 campsites with full, partial, and no hookups. Facilities and services available at the park include lookouts, picnic shelters, rental facilities, restrooms, beaches, gift shop, parking lots, playground, Wi-Fi, Information Center, picnic areas, and restaurant or café.
Kouchibouguac National Park protects various cultural resources that reflect the rich history of the Mi’kmaq, as well as Acadian, Scottish, Irish, and English settlers whose legacy shaped the area.
Kouchibouguac National Park is located 100 km (64 miles) north of Moncton, and is easily accessible via Highway 11, Highway 134, and Highway 117 which leads into the park. As a result, RVs, trailers, and other motorized vehicles can access the park with ease from any of these highways. Highway 117, also referred to as “The Acadian Coastal Drive” is the most scenic driving route into the park. Local paved roads within the park connect the different areas of interest and grant campers easy accessibility to destinations of choice.
There are several parking lots located in Kouchibouguac National Park for RV campers to park their rigs. At the campgrounds in the park, there are five parking areas, with two located at South Kouchibouguac Campground, and three found at the Côte-à-Fabien Campground. Overnight parking is available at the park.
There is no public transportation access directly into Kouchibouguac National Park.
Côte-à-Fabien Campground in Kouchibouguac National Park features 21 pet-friendly campsites available for RVs. There are no RV hookups in the campground. RV length limit at the campground is 35 feet (11 m). Dry toilets and hand pumps for water, as well as firewood, campfire, and group camping are available in the campground. The campground is located along Kouchibouguac Lagoon, near a fishing wharf (Loggiecroft), hiking trail, and grants to the park’s cycling paths. Quiet time is from 11 pm to 7 am.
South Kouchibouguac Campground in Kouchibouguac National Park features 312 pet-friendly campsites available for RVs and tents. 128 campsites in the campground are equipped with full hookup options (electric, water, and sewer hookups) for RVs, while the remaining 184 campsites are equipped with electric RV hookups only. RV length limit at the campground is 35 feet (11 m), however campers with larger rigs can contact the park to find out if there is space available.
Activities, services and facilities at the South Kouchibouguac campground include drinking water, Wi-Fi, tours and programs, showers, toilets, playground, firewood, campfires, dumping station, picnic shelter, and access to biking trails. Quiet time is from 11 pm to 7 am.
As a result of its location along Kouchibouguac River, this campground grants campers access to 25 km (15.5 miles) of sandy beaches, and the entire park’s network of cycling paths.
Kouchibouguac National Park features ten trails that take RV campers through various scenic habitats ranging from forest settings to fresh water habitats, bogs, lagoons, salt marshes, dunes, estuaries, and fields. Only one of the trails in the park has a moderate hiking difficulty, as all the rest are easy to hike on. As a result, hikers of all skill levels are able to enjoy the trails. The hiking trails in the park add up to 27 km (17 miles) and offers campers wonderful park views and interesting hiking experiences. The nature trails in the park encourage campers to get up close to the plants and animals in the park.
The more than 60 km (37 miles) of bike trails in Kouchibouguac National Park offers RV campers who love to cycle unique opportunities to discover the maritime plain ecosystems distributed throughout the park. Lovers of intense biking adventures particularly look forward to cycling on the Major Kollock Creek mountain bike trail for the absorbing riding experience. Helmets are recommended for all cyclists in the park, and bikes are not allowed on the beach, dunes or coastal areas. To aid the ease of biking in the park, wayfinding signs and locator maps are distributed throughout the bike trail system.
Whether by canoe, kayak, paddleboat, rowboat, or paddleboard, Kouchibouguac National Park is an amazing place to enjoy paddling. Paddling in Kouchibouguac National Park offers campers great opportunities to see the park in awe-inspiring ways as the flat rivers and lagoons in the park hide many bays and inlets, where nesting ducks gather and otters feed. Even more, campers get the unique chance to kayak or canoe along the same waterways that the Mi'kmaq people paddled for thousands of years. The tranquil lagoons and the tidal rivers in the park which are protected by sand dunes provide ideal conditions for kayaking and canoeing.
Canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and rowboats rentals are available at the Ryans Rental Centre in the park.
Kouchibouguac National Park is lively, beautiful, and accessible during winter and offers various recreational activities for RV campers including fat biking, snowshoeing, bird watching, cross country skiing, sliding and tobogganing, winter walking, and geocaching.
The warm coastal waters and sandy beaches at Kouchibouguac National Park make it the ideal spot for RV campers to take a dip and enjoy swimming. Campers can enjoy swimming at any of the two beaches - Kellys Beach and Callander’s Beach – in the park as each provide a unique experience that swimmers never want to miss out on.
Kouchibouguac National Park is a nice destination for anglers and RV campers who love to enjoy recreational fish. Fish species that are available in the park for RV campers to catch include eastern brook trout (or speckled trout), American eel, rainbow smelt, and striped bass. To fish in the park, a National Parks Fishing permit is required for campers 16 years old and above, and this is available as an annual and daily permit.