The government is working towards establishing the Restigouche Wilderness Waterway park and is looking for your input! The new proposed park will encompass 20,000 hectares of land along the Restigouche, Kedgwick, Patapedia, Upsalquitch and Little Main Restigouche Rivers. This project will bring much-needed protection to the Restigouche River system, as well as providing tourism opportunities.
If you would like to have your voice heard, there will be 3 open houses happening next week:
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Auberge Evasion de Rêves,11 Canada, St. Quentin from 5:00 to 8:00 pm **** Postponed until the following week due to snow ****
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the Robinsonville Community Fire Hall from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Sugarloaf Provincial Park, Atholville from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Auberge Évasion de Rêves, 11 Canada St., Saint-Quentin.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Salle du Citoyen, Centre municipal, 4 St-Jean St., Kedgwick
If you cannot make any of the open houses for the Restigouche Wilderness Waterway park but still wish to weigh in, there is an online survey available here: https://www.narrativeresearchsurveys.ca/SE/87/1172719/?lang=en until December 6th, 2019. [We have been told that some people have had difficulty submitting their survey. Government personnel have been notified about this. Sometimes it is a problem with the type of browser being used, so you might try changing browsers if you encounter difficulties.]
From Canada’s warmest saltwater beach to the Maritime’s highest peak, the nine provincial parks of New Brunswick offer unique opportunities to connect with nature beyond the typical activities many enjoy at parks, like skiing, golfing, or camping. The provincial parks are designed to protect ecosystems and biodiversity while offering opportunities for outdoor recreation, education, and tourism. Each park is home to diverse wildlife, vibrant foliage, and stunning views, all waiting to be experienced by you!
For your next trip to a provincial park, try one of these activities to enjoy nature and catch a breath of fresh air.
1. Hit the trails
Explore the Fundy coastline at New River Beach or reach the summit of Sugarloaf Park’s mountain. Whether you’re visiting the campgrounds or making a day trip, don’t miss out on the wilderness of New Brunswick! Remember to check out Tourism New Brunswick’s information on trails or download the Explore EcoNB mobile app to browse the nature-based attractions in the province.
2. Identify invertebrates
If you’re visiting a coastal park, don’t forget to take a walk along the beach and look for signs of life under the sand. Wetlands in the provincial parks are also teeming with small wildlife. Remember: all plants and animals have an important role to play in the ecosystem and need to be left in the park. Even empty shells could be the perfect new home for a hermit crab!
3. Binoculars and birding
If you’re out on a hike or taking a stroll around a park campground, don’t forget to listen and look for all sorts of birds: songbirds, birds of prey, waterfowl, and more. Bring a pair of binoculars to get a closer look and try using the Merlin Bird ID app to identify what you hear and see.
4. Get out on the water
Many of the provincial parks offer opportunities to get out on or into the water. Go for a swim at Parlee Beach, the warmest salt water in Canada. Put in your kayak or canoe for some low-impact boating here or at Mactaquac Provincial Park. If you’re visiting Mount Carleton Provincial Park, bring your rod and reel for some catch-and-release fishing. Remember to have your fishing license ready if you’re out on the water.
5. Go for a ride
Did you know that Sugarloaf Provincial Park offers Atlantic Canada’s only lift-service mountain bike park? République Provincial Park also offers cycling trails, so be sure to bring along your bikes, helmets, and re-usable water bottles for a fun ride.
6. Fresh oxygen exercise
Take advantage of the fresh oxygen made by the trees and plants in the parks and get some exercise in. Take on an early morning trail run, find a quiet space for some outdoor yoga, or create a body-weight circuit with some friends. You’ll feel refreshed and energized after feeling the morning dew, smelling the sweet grass, and hearing the gentle wind in the trees.
7. Chase waterfalls
If you want to get strategic about which trails you visit in the provincial parks, consider chasing some of New Brunswick’s most breath-taking waterfalls. Dry Brook Falls and Williams Falls in Mount Carleton Provincial Park are waiting for you to discover them. See this Tourism New Brunswick blog post for a list of the top ten waterfalls in our province.
8. Create a nature search
As a fun kid-friendly activity, create a nature scavenger hunt! Have your group search for different pieces of nature: a smooth rock, a pine cone, an ant hill. You can incorporate different senses, too: describe a nature smell or list three nature sounds. Remember that all nature needs to stay in the ecosystem, so avoid activities like flower or leaf picking.
9. See nature up close
If you’re out with your family, bring along a magnifying glass or two to explore nature up close. Take a look at the shell of a snail or the hooks of a burdock. The microscopic natural world is an amazing sight to see!
10. Take an island adventure
Hop on the ferries and visit Grand Manan or Campobello Islands this summer, then make your way to the Anchorage Provincial Park or Herring Cove Provincial Park. Hit the trails of The Anchorage and take in the remarkable geology of the island or put in a kayak from Herring Cove for a true Fundy experience. Keep your eyes peeled for the blow of whales; both of these parks offer awe-inspiring wildlife experiences.
CPAWS-NB hopes you’ll take advantage of the provincial parks to get closer with nature with each visit. Remember that the parks are meant for all New Brunswickers and visitors to enjoy, and that we are responsible for taking care of our environment. When you visit, be sure to take all garbage and refuse with you when you leave, keep dogs on a leash and clean up after them, and respect nature by leaving it in the park. The provincial parks offer ample opportunities, some year-round, to explore the wilderness. Start planning your next adventure today!
Visit here for more information on New Brunswick Provincial Parks.
Julie Reimer is a PhD student at the Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Board Member of CPAWS-NB. Having worked in the whale watching industry in New Brunswick and conducted her Master’s research on conservation planning for the North Atlantic right whale, Julie is an advocate for MPAs in New Brunswick. Julie’s current research attempts to see the “bigger picture” of conservation, reaching beyond protected areas to understand the synergies between conservation actions and ocean industries. To connect with Julie, visit http://juliereimer.wixsite.com/hello.