Claire-Fontaine trail

Kouchibouguac National Park

Hiking Parc Bench Parking

Distance: 3.3 km loop
Time: 1 to 1.5 h
Difficulty: Easy
Habitat: Forest, fresh water, lagoon, salt marsh

The parking lot for this fine trail is located just before the Black River Bridge on Highway 117.

Named after the village that was located in this area before the park was created, the trail meanders along Rankin Brook, the Black River, and the Kouchibouguac Lagoon.

The sometimes dark undergrowth is wonderfully cool on hot summer days. The trail goes through various forest stands, including a mature aspen grove.

In the fall, many ducks and other waterfowl can be seen feeding in the rich waters along the trail.

Be Prepared!

Know your physical limits
Kouchibouguac’s wilderness is famous for its hiking and bicycle trails. Choose a trail that is challenging but enjoyable for you.

Pack for comfort and safety
A sweater and a windbreaker are good insurance against variable weather. We recommend footwear with good traction and support. Pack fresh water and a snack, even if you’re planning a short hike.

Plan your route and stick to it
Let someone know where you plan on hiking and your estimated time of return.

Stay on marked trails
For your own safety and to preserve the ecological integrity of our park.

Leave no trace
Please carry out all garbage, yours and any you may find on the trail.

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