Mount Carleton Provincial Park
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Introduction

For a true Canadian wilderness experience, bring your family for an RV getaway at Mount Carleton Provincial Park. It's a Great White North adventure you'll not soon forget.

Nestled in the northern highlands of New Brunswick, Mount Carleton Provincial Park rests on 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) of land. Its focal point is Mount Carleton, a geographical marvel which bears the distinction of being the highest point in the Maritimes at 820 m (2,690 feet). Mount Carleton is included in the Appalachian Mountain Range which travels through eastern portions of the United States as well as sections of both New Brunswick and Quebec. Both the Tobique and Nepisiguit Rivers find their home in Mount Carleton Provincial Park and are popular spots for people who enjoy canoeing.

This recreational area lays claim to being home to the most diverse plant and animal life in the Maritimes with over 100 rare bird species and 30 different wild animals. Among the unusual plants found at Mount Carleton Provincial Park are dwarf birch, Alpine blueberries, and Bigelow's sedge. These plants are considered to have prehistoric origins. The park is heavily blanketed in forest with four main trees making up the wooded areas. Half the forest remains pristine and unexplored.

It is believed that this park was once frequented by hunters over 2500 years ago. During the 1700's, the area became home to a number of people groups including explorers, fur traders, and missionaries. The land was repurposed for the logging industry during the 1800's. In 1970, the region found its lasting purpose as a provincial park and campground that is frequented by people from all over the continent on a yearly basis.

At the pinnacle of the mountain, an old fire tower offers superb views of the recreational area. Mount Carleton Park is also home to 11 hiking trails which encompass over 60 km of terrain. Among the most popular activities include camping, birdwatching, canoeing, cross country skiing, and hiking.


For an amazing RV experience in the Canadian wilderness, plan your trip to Mount Carleton Provincial Park today. You'll have a fantastic time.

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Transportation in Mount Carleton Provincial Park

Driving

Mount Carleton Provincial Park is located in an extremely remote area. To travel to the park from Plaster Rock, NB, follow northbound Route 385. The park is located to the right of this highway. The entire journey is comprised of 84 km (52 miles) and travels along a path that is predominantly four lanes. Road construction is frequently seen during the summer months so expect periodic delays. The roads are kept clear and are well-maintained year-round.

To get to Mount Carleton Provincial Park from St-Quentin, the nearest town at 46 km (29 miles) away, follow Route 180 East then take a right hand turn onto Route 385. You will easily spot the entrance to the recreational area on your left. This route has sections of highway that are four lanes and two lanes. A small portion of Route 385 is also comprised of gravel, so do take care to reduce your speed to prevent chips in your windshield. The journey to the park is well-marked and travels along roads that are kept in good condition. Road work does occur in the summer months periodically.

Parking

Parking is available at the mouth of Mount Carleton Provincial Park.

Public Transport

There is no public transportation available to Mount Carleton Provincial Park.

Campgrounds and parking in Mount Carleton Provincial Park

Campsites in Mount Carleton Provincial Park

Reservations camping

First-come first-served

Mount Carleton Campgrounds

Mount Carleton Campground is located on the same property as Mount Carleton Provincial Park. It offers rustic camping facilities for RV and tent campers on a first come, first served basis.

There are five camping facilities within the park itself with Armstrong Brook Campground being the largest at 88 individual sites. Generator use is permitted as there are no electric or water hookups.

Each campsite is equipped with a fire pit, and the property also houses a kitchen shelter, a playground, toilets, and showers.

Nearby Nictau Lake offers a beach and swimming area.

Between all five camping facilities, there are 104 individual sites available plus one large section for group camping.

Mount Carleton Provincial Park is open year-round; however, camping is only permitted from May 15th through September 22nd.

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Mount Carleton Provincial Park

In-Season

Birdwatching

An area that sees the most diverse bird and mammal life in all of New Brunswick, Mount Carleton Provincial Park is the ideal spot to do some birdwatching. Over 100 unique species of birds make this park their home. You won't want to head out on this trip without your binoculars and a camera, for sure!

On your journey, you may also encounter 30 different varieties of wild animals that are indigenous to the region. If your dog joins you on your birdwatching tour, do be certain that they do not disturb any of the wildlife residing in the area.

Canoeing/kayaking

Experience the canoe route frequented by early explorers to the region by launching your boat out on the waters of the Tobique and Nepisiguit Rivers. Travelling down the river, you will be treated to incredible views of Mount Carleton and the heavily forested terrain the region is known for.

Try your hand at some fishing or bring along a packed lunch to enjoy on the river.

The waters typically remain quite calm, but it is always wise to check the weather report before heading out for your canoeing adventure.

Hiking

No trip to Mount Carleton Provincial Park is complete without hitting the hiking trails. With 11 of them to choose from, there is something sure to meet the activity needs of every member of the family. For an easy route, consider a trip up the wheelchair-accessible Williams Falls trail. Fancy yourself an experienced hiker? The mountain hikes are the most challenging, but the views are awe-inspiring from the top.

Bring along drinking water and a little something to eat. Your best canine pal is welcome to join you but must remain on a leash.

Off-Season

Photography

Whether in winter, spring, summer, or fall, Mount Carleton Provincial Park is a wonder to behold. Bring along your camera to record the sights you see when out enjoying a walk. From the diverse wild animals and birds to unique plants and interesting landscape, you won't want for inspiration for your shots.

Mount Carleton Provincial Park is a great place to get some family photos as well. If you climb to the peak of Mount Carleton, you will definitely want a photo to commemorate your journey to the top!

Cross country skiing

Snowshoers and hikers also share the trails with cross country skiers each winter. When the trails are covered with lots of snow, it's the ideal time to head out to work up an appetite with some cross country skiing.

As you gently swoosh through the trails, you will encounter woodland creatures and incredibly scenic views. Bring along a camera to capture some snapshots of the snow-capped mountainous terrain.

Don't forget some drinking water and food to keep your energy up and your thirst at bay.

Snowshoeing

Just because snow is falling doesn't mean that Mount Carleton Provincial Park isn't a fun place to visit! There are lots of fun things to do at this amazing recreational area when a blanket of snow covers the ground.

Many of the hiking trails families would leisurely walk in the winter become the ideal spot for some snowshoeing. Bundle up in your warmest winter clothes and grab your snowshoes and mittens and head out for a day of fun exploring the forest and getting in some exercise in a tranquil setting. Bring along some drinking water, a snack, and a thermos of coffee to refresh you after your vigorous snowshoeing adventure.

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