Kouchibouguac River Trail

Kouchibouguac National Park

Hiking Backcountry camping Lookout Parc Bench Outhouse Recreational vehicle parking Snowshoeing Parking

Distance: 11.3 km loop
Time: 4.5 to 5 h
Difficulty: Moderate
Habitat: Forest, fresh water, fields

This trail, the longest in the park, hugs the south bank of the Kouchibouguac River “the river of the long tides”.

Heading east from Patterson to La Source and then towards the South Kouchibouguac campground, visitors can admire the spectacular sandstone geological formations and the now-famous pine leaning over the river. Numerous small coves along the way provide shelter for ducks. The gently rolling fields sloping down to the river offer an opportunity to observe the fauna. At five points along the bike trail, visitors can branch off for long or short loops, depending on their special interests.

The Sipu primitive campground is located along this trail between Patterson and Middle Kouchibouguac.

A wide variety of birds nest in the habitats found along this trail. Benches offer convenient resting places with panoramic views of the river.

This trail is marked for snowshoeing during the winter.

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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