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April 22, 2015– Kouchibouguac, New Brunswick Parks Canada
Tilly O’Neill Gordon, Member of Parliament for Miramichi, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today reflected on the remarkable 2014 visitor season in Kouchibouguac National Park while Parks Canada readies for the upcoming 2015 season.
With the introduction of compelling new visitor experience opportunities and creative collaborations within local and regional tourism communities, there are so many ways to enjoy New Brunswick’s Acadian coast region. It’s not surprising that visitation at Kouchibouguac National Park increased last year.
Whether discovering the park’s natural beauty through its trails, enjoying Parks Canada’s Red Chair Program, or cycling on Kouchibouguac’s extensive bike trail network of more than 60 kilometres, visitors are invited to explore and enjoy the park like never before. Don’t forget to check-out this year’s new programming including two fun-filled festivals: the new Dancing Dune Festival and our returning Fabulous Fall Festival. Relaxing on Kellys Beach, part of the 25 km of rolling sand dunes, may be more to your liking or visit Ryans to try out water sport equipment rental like our new paddle boards.
With a new modernized South Kouchibouguac Campground boasting fully serviced and partially serviced sites, enjoy all the wonders Kouchibouguac National Park has to offer in the comfort of your own RV. You can also experience one of two new camping experiences: oTENTiks and All Equipped Campsites. So, whether you want to try out new things or continue to enjoy the classics of frontcountry and backcountry camping, Kouchibouguac National Park has something for everyone.
Parks Canada is proud to support Canada’s National Conservation Plan by taking concrete action to connect Canadians to nature. In addition, the ongoing work of Parks Canada and its programs – like Signature Voyageur Canoe Adventure, Mi’kmaq Cultural Discoveries, Wigwam Gatherings, Lagoon Life, Guided Bike Outings, Citizen Science Program, Outdoor Theatres, Campfire Programs and other exciting new programs – are enhancing visitor experience and facilitating personal connections with Parks Canada places across the country.
- Annual visitation at Kouchibouguac National Park increased by 4% in 2014 – with a 34% increase during the fall season. In total, the park welcomed over 160,000 visitors last year. These increases were partially owing to the success of the new oTENTiks, electricity and full-service sites at South Kouchibouguac Campground, new promotional campaign and outreach program.
- Did you know that Kouchibouguac National Park has:
- Over 300 campsites at its South Kouchibouguac Campground location (including 72 fully serviced sites, 97 partially serviced sites and a number of oTENTiks and Equipped Campsites) for visitors to enjoy.
- Over 30 campsites at its semi-primitive Côte à Fabien location and several backcountry and primitive campsites throughout the park.
- Kouchibouguac National Park is a major tourist attraction and economic driving force in New Brunswick’s Acadian Coast region. Through continued federal investments, Kouchibouguac National Park has created lasting, positive economic impacts locally and throughout the province.
“Our Government is committed to protecting, presenting and promoting our national treasures – like Kouchibouguac National Park. Building on the successes of the 2014 season, Parks Canada looks forward to showcasing Kouchibouguac National Park in 2015 and welcoming visitors with an array of fun and educational experiences that will meet the needs of a wide variety of summer enthusiasts.”
-Tilly O’Neill Gordon, Member of Parliament for Miramichi
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Partnering, Engagement and Communications Officer
Kouchibouguac National Park, Parks Canada