Mount Carleton Provincial Park

Discover the Mountains of New Brunswick

Escape to Timeless Landscapes
New Brunswick’s Appalachian Mountains offer a retreat from the modern world, inviting you to connect with nature and yourself. These ancient, 400-million-year-old mountains form the most rugged region of the province, presenting a serene escape from everyday life. The range is characterized by eroded peaks, tranquil river valleys, and gently rolling hills, creating a perfect backdrop for both relaxation and adventure.

Mount Carleton Provincial Park
Mount Carleton Provincial Park is a highlight of the Appalachian Range and home to the highest peak in the Maritime provinces. The park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, featuring over 100 species of birds and 30 types of mammals. It’s an ideal spot for activities like hiking, canoeing, and camping. The diverse trails cater to all levels, offering breathtaking views and peaceful settings.

Sugarloaf Provincial Park
For those seeking both adventure and stunning vistas, Sugarloaf Provincial Park is a must-visit. Overlooking the city of Campbellton, the park is unique for its lift-service mountain bike park, one of only two in Atlantic Canada. Trails range from beginner to expert, packed with features like berms, table tops, drops, and wooden structures, making it a paradise for mountain biking enthusiasts.

International Appalachian Trail (IAT)
For seasoned hikers, the New Brunswick section of the International Appalachian Trail (IAT) offers an unforgettable experience. This long-distance trail traverses diverse landscapes and provides both challenges and rewards with its scenic beauty and natural tranquility.

Scenic Drives
If you prefer to explore by car, RV, or motorcycle, the Appalachian Range Route from Perth-Andover to Dalhousie is perfect. This scenic drive is filled with breathtaking vistas and numerous opportunities for photography, allowing you to appreciate the mountainous terrain at a leisurely pace.

Family-Friendly Trails and Challenging Hikes
For families, **Simpson Hill in Saint Andrews** offers a network of trails that are both accessible and rewarding. With its peak reaching almost 600 feet, it provides one of the most accessible lookouts on the Canadian side of the St. Croix River, which marks the border between the U.S. and Canada.

For those looking for a more demanding adventure, **Turtle Mountain** near Grand Bay-Westfield is an excellent choice. This hike requires about seven hours to complete, but the stunning views from the top make the effort well worth it.

Embrace the Natural Beauty
New Brunswick’s Appalachian Mountains are more than just a destination; they are a chance to rediscover tranquility and adventure. Whether through hiking, biking, or scenic drives, these mountains offer a myriad of ways to reconnect with nature. Plan your visit and find yourself above the fray of modern life, immersed in the timeless beauty of New Brunswick’s mountainous landscapes.

Photo by Mike Corey

Location: Mount Carleton Provincial Park/Parc provincial Mont-Carleton