Kouchibouguac on the map. Kouchibouguac National Park on the map of Canada, New Brunswick

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Kouchibouguac on the map. Kouchibouguac National Park on the map of Canada, New Brunswick

Kouchibouguac, New Brunswick

Established: 1969   Acreage: 55,680

Located on the Kouchibouguac Bay along the northern section of the Northumberland Strait, the park's most outstanding natural feature is the 15-mile sweep of offshore sandbars which stretch across its entire ocean front. Behind this ribbon of dunes are quiet lagoons and bays that provir^ excellent protected swimming and boating.

The park's inland plain is cut by streams and rivers, and has both forested regions and large areas of salt and fresh water bogs and marshes. Plant life in the park ranges from the stunted trees, Labrador tea, pitcher plant and blueberry bush of the wetlands to the black and red spruce, pine and balsam fir of the forests.

Black bear, bobcat, white-tailed deer, moose, fox and squirrel are common, and birdlife includes swamp, field, woodland and shore species. Sandpiper wood duck, common eider, ruffed grouse, raven, gull and heron inhabit the park. Every autumn and spring migratory waterfowl touch down here to feed and rest. The rivers, streams and ocean waters of the park are inhabited by a wide variety of shellfish and fresh and salt water fish, including lake trout, whitefish, herring, bass, salmon and lobster.

Right: For many, the serene coastline of Kouchibouguac provides a welcome escape from the hectic pace of urban life.

Kouchibouguac on the map. Kouchibouguac National Park on the map of Canada, New Brunswick