Kouchibouguac National Park hugs the coast of New Brunswick, Canada.
Kouchibouguac, pronounced (koochi-boog-wac), means 'River of Long Tides' in the Mi'kmaq Indian language.
This large ecological preserve, and recreational paradise, is located near Richibucto, about midway on Hwy 134 between Miramichi on the north, and Shediac on the south, of New Brunwick's East Coast. The north end of the Province of Prince Edward Island is directly east across the Northumberland Strait.
Kouchibouguac National Park is relatively flat, forested coastal land with a long, thin sand dune offshore that is a mecca for strolling on sandy beaches and beach combing for sea shells. Each end of the dune is an area protected as Piper Plover Nesting Zones. The formidable sand dune is linked to the mainland by a bridge which provides walking access. The National Park is also a summer and winter camping paradise.
Main roads are cleared in the winter so the sea-shore is accessible but, on this visit, exploring trails within the park is limited to snowshoeing as forest keeps them snowbound.
The drive north from Moncton along the scenic coast is scattered with quaint villages, light houses and predominantly seafaring businesses in support of ocean touring and fishing. During this visit, the Kouchibouguac National Park Visitor Centre is under construction in preparation for the upcoming busy summer season.
The drive to the sea-shore provides ocean views across the ice-bound shore and enjoyment of filtered sunshine and cool, fresh salt air breeze. The sand dune is a short distance away but time in a busy sightseeing tour will prohibit a visit today.
Kouchibouguac National Park is a beautiful and very special place worth the drive through earliest Canadian history. There are so many incredibly beautiful photographs to capture but discipline must be maintained. Grand memories.
The itinerary for the day includes driving and sightseeing a central portion of the fascinating and historical Acadian Coastal Drive and an end of day fine dining experience at Maison Tait House in Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada.