Mount Carleton Provincial Park

Mount Carleton Provincial Park was created in 1969 and is by far the largest provincial park in New Brunswick.  The park boasts the highest elevation in the Maritimes; Mount Carleton stands about 2,693 feet high.  This altitude is also partly responsible for the comparatively harsh climate; snow can be expected from mid-October to mid-May.  Large game such as moose, bear and whitetail deer are found in the park, even though hunting has intense in the surrounding areas.  We camped and hiked in Mount Carleton Provincial Park on the Labour Day Weekend from time to time.  We plan to return there on a Labour Day weekend.

See Mount Carleton Provincial Park Section (Pages 242-263) of “A Hiking Guide to New Brunswick” for information on hikes.

We like to to stop at Daly Point Nature Reserve, 2075 Carron Drive, Bathurst on the way to Mount Carleton Provincial Park.  We like to eat at “Papa Joe’s and Evy’s Restaurant,” 296 St. George Street, Bathurst on the way to Mount Carleton Provincial Park.  With these stops we usual arrive at Mount Carleton Provincial Park before 6 PM.  We usual then meet in the Cookhouse at 6 PM on Friday.  Call (506)235-0793 to reserve your campsite.  The park’s physical Address is 7612 Route 385.  The park’s e-mail address is mt.carleton@gnb.ca

 
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Here’s what you will discover at Mount Carleton:
A ridge of North America’s oldest mountains
62 kilometers of terrific hiking
great biking along forest roadways
canoeing on three lakes and two rivers
a choice of five different campgrounds
more trees and water than you can imagine

On a clear day—from the top of the Maritimes’ highest mountain—you can see 10 million trees.

Mount Carleton is rugged country.  Its lakes form the headwater of two major river systems.  Although they travel in totally different directions, both end up emptying in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Nictau Lakes feed the west-flowing Tobique River – flowing into the broad St. John River – that flows into the ocean.

The Nepisiguit Lakes form the east-flowing Nepisiguit River – emptying into the Baie des Chaleurs – and on to the Atlantic.

On Labour Day in 2009 we were on the summit of Mount Bailey and watched 6 moose for about half an hour.  We left before the moose.  Ever since then I check out the summit of Mount Bailey for moose.  I have seen moose every time I climbed the summit of Mount Bailey.

Stay in the restored Spruce Camp at the base of Mount Sagamook, on the shores of Little Nictau Lake, featuring bunk beds, large kitchen, wood stove, and indoor bathroom with shower. Hearty meals can be prepared onsite. Explore the many peaks and brook trails in Mount Carleton Provincial Park.

Most Labour Day Weekend “Outdoor Enthusiasts!” have visited Mount Carleton the weather has been good.  The weather can sure make or break a weekend.  Mount Carleton is worth the drive from Moncton to there.   All the events in our “Newsletter” are worth the drive.

Mount Carleton Provincial Park, the largest provincial park in New Brunswick, is part of the Appalachian Highlands, the most remote area of New Brunswick.  Information concerning the park and the condition of its trails may be obtained toll free at 1-800-561-0123.

Outdoor Enthusiasts!” have hiked the Mount Baily, Sagamook, Bald Mountain Brook, Mount Head, Mount Carleton, Big Brook – Dry Brook Loop, Caribou, Pine Point, and William’s Falls Trails over the past 30 years.  Beaver are at work on two trails. Bald Mountain Brook at times can be wet and have detours around the wet spots.  Big Brook – Dry Brook Loop trail can be wet and not have detours around the wet spots.  It is the longest trail in the park.  Because of the berries along the trail you may see signs of bears and even the bears.

Nictau, Bathurst and Nepisiguit Lakes and the rivers in and out of these lakes make the Mount Carleton Provincial Park a great place for boating.

You’ll gain new perspective on top of Mount Carleton.  You’ll find peace paddling the Restigouche River.  Whatever feelings you have visiting the Appalachian Range, they’re likely to be uplifting, powerful and enduring – much like the mountain range itself.   You can climb the highest peak in the Maritimes, bike or hike forest trails or canoe the hidden Nepisiguit and Nictau lakes, eyes peeled for the variety of flora and fauna.  Hiking provides a welcome escape from daily distractions, placing you in the midst of nature and its inherent beauty.  Mount Carleton P.P. has 10 trails totalling more than 60 km. of spectacular scenery and access to two breathtaking peaks:  Mt. Sagamook and Mt. Head.  A secton of the International Appalachian trail passes through the park connecting Maine’s Mount Katahdin to the Gaspe.

Mount Carleton P.P. is an amazing area of Acadian forest and mountain peaks featuring 360 degrees visas.  Over 42,000 acres of wilderness land is home to many wild species and rare plants.