Kouchibouguac National Park
This 238 square kilometre (92 square mile) national park was established in 1969. Its name is a Mi’kmaq word meaning “river of the long tides”. The park has a mix of bogs, salt marshes, tidal rivers, sparkling freshwater systems, sheltered lagoons, abandoned fields, tall forests, and 25 kilometres (16 miles) of shifting sand dunes.
There are 60 kilometres (37 miles) of cycling paths, which are popular with hikers and cyclists.
It hosts the second largest tern colony in North America.
The submergence, emergence, and resubmergence of the coastal area have resulted in indistinct shoreline features, some occurring well above the present sea level. Classified as “humid continental”, the park’s climate is influenced by the sea, with uniform precipitation and warm summers.
Sunless days occur only two days in ten on an annual basis, with November, December, and January are the least sunny months. In June, July, and August, there is sunshine on nine out of ten days.
See also: National Parks of Canada.
(This page was updated in November 2012.)